Press Release Article


Date: May 15, 2018
Press Release Number: 84-2018

Free 2-trip MetroCards available for affected riders

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, May 18, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, May 21, to allow crews to test equipment and software as part of the federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) installation.

For affected customers, PATH has partnered with the MTA to provide a free 2-trip MetroCard at the 33rd Street station for PATH riders needing to transfer to city subways and buses as a result of the closures. The MetroCards will be valid only for this upcoming weekend, and can be obtained from a PATH ambassador before exiting the turnstiles at 33rd Street station.

Exchange Place and WTC stations will be closed again the weekend of July 7 for PTC work. Starting July 14, PATH will begin a series of 15 consecutive weekend closures of New York stations on the 33rd Street line, with the exception of Labor Day weekend.

During the 33rd Street line closures, there will be direct train service from Hoboken to the WTC on Saturdays. On Sundays, Hoboken-WTC riders can use the normal weekend schedule, which requires a transfer at Grove Street for the Newark-WTC train. New Jersey Transit will be cross-honoring passengers from Exchange Place to Hoboken or Newport.

Closure details and updates are available through

PATH is on track to meet the federal PTC implementation deadline of December 31, 2018. Once completed, it will provide a safer, more secure ride for passengers, 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).

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