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Published on : Sunday, November 17, 2013
The PATH rail system’s ongoing post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts will continue over the next two weekends as staff works to continue removing corrosive salt from rails, equipment and tunnels to ensure the long-term viability and reliability of the entire 43-mile system.
The work, the start of a $50 million authorization approved last month by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners, will necessitate suspension of weekend PATH service at the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations late Friday nights during the weekends of November 16-17 and November 23-24.
To minimize passenger inconvenience, additional trains will run on the JSQ to 33rd (via Hoboken) line while the WTC and Exchange Place stations are closed.Additionally, a separate electrical repair project at Newport Station this Sunday from 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. will necessitate the closure of elevators and escalators during those times. Use of generators will mean dimmer station lighting. Additional passenger information agents and Port Authority police will be on scene to assist customers.
Superstorm Sandy’s unprecedented flooding of PATH tunnels and infrastructure left behind a salt residue that could not entirely be cleaned during the efforts to restore service in the months after the storm. To remedy this issue, workers will power wash the tunnels between WTC and Exchange Place stations during the closures to remove corrosive salt.
Restoration work to repair and replace compromised power and communication cables, rails, and trackside equipment also will occur on these weekends. To avoid interference with the upcoming holiday season, PATH will not have further weekend closures this year, but will need to conduct work on select weekends in 2014. The agency will notify passengers when the 2014 schedule is determined.