Date:  Jun 18, 2007

Press Release Number:  52


Customers are advised that a new temporary pedestrian entrance to the World Trade Center PATH Station opened this morning. The new entrance is part of a series of complex construction plans necessary to continue work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, while allowing PATH service to operate uninterrupted to and from the station.

The new entrance is on Church Street, about 50 feet south of the original one. The original entrance, opened in November 2003 when PATH service resumed to the World Trade Center site, will be demolished to allow for construction work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub project.

The temporary Church Street entrance will remain in place until late this year or early in 2008, when a new temporary entrance will open on Vesey Street.

Creating the temporary entrances will allow the Port Authority to operate PATH service while major construction continues on a new transportation facility around the existing station.

A slurry wall currently is being built around the PATH Station to provide the foundation for the hub’s below-grade levels.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.