07/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 12:37
PATH SHIFTING WEEKEND SERVICE OUTAGES TO 33RD STREET LINE THIS WEEKEND TO COMPLETE SYSTEM-WIDE INSTALLATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL (PTC) TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jul 12, 2018
Press Release Number: 112-2018
Service adjustments and station closings scheduled for the next 15 weekends, except for Labor Day weekend; follows July 8 completion of PTC implementation on PATH Newark-WTC line
Free 2-trip MetroCards will be provided to help ease impact on riders;
passengers should allow extra travel time
Starting this Friday, July 13, at 11:59 p.m. and running through 5 a.m. Monday, July 16, PATH is closing the New York stations on the 33rd Street to allow crews to transition to a new signal system being installed as part of the federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) program.
The weekend PTC implementation and testing program will run through the end of October, with the exception of Labor Day weekend. The Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd street stations are scheduled for closure during these weekends.
PATH is partnering with the MTA to provide a free limited 2-trip MetroCard at the World Trade Center station for diverted PATH riders to use city subways and buses. These cards will not work on PATH turnstiles, and will be valid only until 5 a.m. Monday morning of affected weekend. They can be obtained from a PATH ambassador before exiting the turnstiles at the WTC station. Passengers should build in extra travel time during these weekends.
PATH is on track to become the first transportation agency in the region to complete system-wide installation of PTC by December 31, 2018, as mandated by the federal government. Once completed, it will provide a safer, more efficient and reliable ride for riders and contribute to increased train frequency and capacity.
The technology is an integral part of PATH's comprehensive Automatic Train Control (ATC) program, which also includes improved communication between trains through Communication Based Train Control (CBTC).
Closure details and updates are available through www.panynj.gov/PATHplanner.
During the 33rd Street line closures, there will be direct train service from Hoboken to the WTC on Saturdays. On Sundays, Hoboken-WTC riders will use the normal weekend schedule, which requires a transfer at Grove Street for the Newark-WTC train. The Hoboken and Newport PATH stations will remain open during these weekend outages except for three Sundays -- September 16 and 23, and October 14.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.