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PATH ACCOMMODATES AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 22,000 ADDITIONAL WEEKDAY RIDERS DURING FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AMTRAK PENN STATION NEW YORK INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

Date: Jul 24, 2017
Press Release Number: 142-2017

Extra trains and staff, enhanced communication channels and effective collaboration and planning with regional transportation partners have helped lessen commuter burden since July 10

During the first two weeks of Amtrak’s infrastructure repair and renewal program at New York Penn Station, PATH handled an average weekday increase of more than 22,000 riders, most of whom normally use NJ Transit Midtown Direct service but are being diverted to the Hoboken Terminal station for the duration of the project.

To meet increased demand, four trains per hour have been added on the Hoboken-33rd Street line during morning and afternoon/evening rush hours since Amtrak work began July 10. PATH is running with an overall on-time performance rate of nearly 98 percent. Through the end of June, PATH was accommodating a system-wide average of about 277,000 passengers per weekday this year.

The Penn Station project is expected to require the continuation of schedule modifications by Amtrak, NJ Transit and the Long Island Railroad through September 1.

More than 100 PATH "ambassadors," employees from PATH and the Port Authority, have been assigned since July 10 to the Hoboken, 33rd Street and the World Trade Center stations, where NJT customers are being cross-honored, to provide information and assist with ridership flow. Security at the three cross-honoring stations also has been enhanced, part of PATH’s ongoing commitment to the safety and security of its customers.

"As the traveling public increases its reliance on PATH during this period, our commitment to providing service that maintains the highest levels of safety and efficiency is paramount," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "PATH’s role has never been more critical to the region."

"PATH has done an impressive job of keeping the trains running on time, as a result of effective planning and with minimal disruption in service so far," Port Authority Board Chairman John Degnan said. "It’s a tribute to the people of PATH and its customers."

PATH General Manager/Director Mike Marino attributed the performance of the first two weeks to three key factors: a rigorous nine-week planning and inspection process in advance of the service outages, strong collaboration with PATH’s regional transportation partners, and the patience and perseverance of the riding public.

"We particularly want to thank the riding public for its continued patience and cooperation as we work to make their commuting experience this summer as comfortable as possible," Marino said.

The Port Authority’s Office of Emergency Management continues to work with PATH and its regional railroad partners to develop additional contingency plans, and in review of current operating plans.

More information on the Hoboken service changes and cross-honoring process is available through www.panynj.gov/TheUpdate. Additional information on adjusted PATH service and schedules is available at www.panynj.gov/PATH.

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