Community: HOBOKEN PATH TO 33RD STREET TO REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19
The PATH train from Hoboken to 33rd Street will resume operation at 5:00am on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 and will operate seven days a week from 5am to 10pm. The restoration of 24/7 PATH service is expected by the end of the year in time for New Year’s Eve. Direct PATH service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center remains several weeks away pending ongoing repairs.
“The reopening of the Hoboken PATH station is a tremendous relief for our commuters and local businesses,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Hoboken is open for business and we welcome and encourage our residents and visitors to support the local shops that make our community great. I thank the Port Authority for their nonstop work to restore service and NJ Transit for accommodating our commuters during this incredibly difficult time.”
The City is providing free garage parking and a weekend shopping shuttle to encourage local shopping.
Free parking is available in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) seven days a week during the month of December between the hours of 9am and midnight. To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant a receipt for at least $20 from any Hoboken business during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.
A special free holiday hop shuttle will run from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 7pm every Saturday and Sunday in December. The shuttle will travel along Hoboken’s commercial districts of Washington Street, 1st Street and 14th Street.
For a map of the shuttle route and parking garages, visit: www.hobokennj.org/docs/transportation/2012-Holiday-Parking-and-Hop-Flyer.pdf.
The full announcement from Governors Christie and Cuomo with additional details is below:
GOVERNOR CUOMO AND GOVERNOR CHRISTIE ANNOUNCE RESUMPTION OF PATH RAIL SERVICE FROM HOBOKEN
TO 33RD STREET TO BEGIN ON DECEMBER 19
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie today announced that PATH rail service resumes at the Hoboken station with service to and from the 33rd Street station in Manhattan beginning tomorrow, December 19 at 5 a.m., following extensive, around the clock post-Hurricane Sandy repairs. Trains initially will run in both directions until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Today’s announcement means weekday service between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. will be back at all 13 PATH stations and on three of PATH’s four regular lines: Journal Square to 33rd Street, Hoboken to 33rd Street and Newark to the World Trade Center. With the restoration of service from Hoboken, PATH travelers now can access the entire PATH system between New Jersey and New York. The return of Hoboken service provides more than 29,000 commuters with restored mass transit between Hoboken and Midtown Manhattan in time for the holidays.
The return of service to all 13 stations comes less than eight weeks after Hurricane Sandy decimated the entire PATH system, flooding the tunnels with as much as eight feet of water, and destroying critical signal and switching systems.
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of PATH employees, the return of limited 24-hour PATH service is expected by year’s end and in time for New Year’s Eve. For the time being, service on weekends will be available between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., on both the Newark to 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines. There will be no service to Exchange Place and the World Trade Center on the weekends to allow work to proceed on bringing back service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center. Travelers wishing to go downtown during those times may access a downtown MTA train nearby one of the PATH Manhattan stations.
Resumption of direct service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center remains several weeks away pending ongoing work and replacement of badly damaged signal equipment. PATH workers and contractors have been working 24/7 since the storm, and will continue to do so until full service is returned on all lines. In the meantime, travelers from Hoboken may access Lower Manhattan by connecting with one of several downtown MTA trains nearby one of the PATH Manhattan stations. For a complete list of alternate routes, visit the Port Authority’s website http://www.panynj.gov/path/.
Shutting down Newark to 33rd Street weekend PATH service the past two weeks allowed workers long uninterrupted stretches to make repairs, allowing the speedier reopening of the Hoboken PATH station. Each weekend closure has meant cutting five or more days off the agency’s recovery timeline to restore both Hoboken and 24-hour service. Since the storm, PATH workers and contractors have pumped more than 10 million gallons of water from system tunnels, and fixed and replaced numerous switches and signaling equipment.
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