The Port Authority sent out the following update to last month’s press release about the upcoming weekend PATH closures on the 33rd Street line. JCI will continue to follow this issue and post updates as we get them, we will also share updates via our twitter feed. follow us @jcindependent.
PORT AUTHORITY TO UPDATE PUBLIC ON PLANNED WEEKEND SERVICE SUSPENSIONS, SAFETY AND SERVICE UPGRADES FOR 33rd STREET PATH LINE
Open house events, part of PATH Capital Plan 2016 update, scheduled this month for Jersey City and Hoboken ahead of closures starting in August
The Port Authority has scheduled a series of informational meetings later this month for the public to learn more about PATH’s 2016 Capital Plan, notably the planned suspension of weekend service on the 33rd Street PATH line starting Aug. 6 to accommodate installation of federally mandated safety and service upgrades.
As part of the PATH Education Series, four meetings have been scheduled starting Wednesday, July 13, and running through the end of the month. Those planning to attend need to register in advance, and can do so at www.panynj.gov/path/pes. PATH officials also are looking into adding a fifth meeting, to be held in New York.
The sessions will explain the federally mandated safety and service enhancements that are driving the decision to suspend weekend service on the 33rd Street line, which is expected to run through December with the exception of major holidays. In addition, the agency will present alternate travel options and detail additional services for travelers affected by service suspensions.
The educational meetings are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, July 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A.J. Demarest School, 158 4th St. (registration deadline: July 11).
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A.J. Demarest School (registration deadline: July 19)
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hudson County Community College, 70 Sip Ave. (registration deadline: July 12)
Wednesday, July 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Phoenix, 100 Town Square Pl. (registration deadline: July 18)
The PATH 33rd Street line upgrade is part of a multi-phased approach to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system may be necessary next year, on a schedule to be announced.
At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018. Allotting this weekend work time is essential to improving current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.
As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush hour service on PATH lines. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.
A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html. Further updates, bus maps and details related to the service suspensions will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website,www.panynj.gov/PATH.