NEW YORK - The Port Authority of NY & NJ have announced that weekend service on the World Trade Center PATH train lines will return to full capacity after repairing damage from Superstorm Sandy. The restoration of train service under the Hudson River on weekends comes six months ahead of PATH's original estimates.
“In this time of COVID-19, too much is uncertain,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “What is certain is that PATH is committed to improving its legacy infrastructure, bringing its passengers more reliable service, and undoing the severe damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Superstorm Sandy occurred in October 2012—nearly 8 years ago.
“We are pleased we could shorten the period of time that weekend closures were in effect,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We ask PATH riders for their patience too often. Now for those trying to use the World Trade Center station on weekends, the wait is over.”
The WTC station was closed on weekends in January 2019, allowing crews to undertake extensive repair and rehabilitation work necessitated by saltwater damage from Superstorm Sandy flooding—including replacement of PATH’s tracks, third rail, electrical, signal and communications infrastructure in the tunnels below the Hudson River.
“We know that the past 18 months have not been easy for weekend PATH riders using the Newark-World Trade Center line,” said PATH General Manager Clarelle DeGraffe. “We’ve been working hard to complete this project as quickly and with as little disruption as possible, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”
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