The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved two critical state-of-good-repair projects to replace two aging electric power substations for the PATH rail system. A total of $134.5 million has been earmarked for the project.
PANYNJ will replace PATH Substation 7 in Jersey City and Substation 9 in Harrison, which provide electric power to trains traveling between Newark and Journal Square. Both substations sustained extensive damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and are nearly 50 years old.
The new Substation 7 will be located on property acquired from Conrail in 2014 and Substation 9 on property acquired from PSE&G in 2016. The new substations will sit several feet above FEMA flood elevation maps, in accordance with the Port Authority's climate resilience design guidelines.
The work on both projects is scheduled to begin later this year, with work to be completed by the fall of 2021. The existing substations will remain in service until the new ones are built and activated so the work will have no impact on the daily operation of the PATH system.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye remarked, "Since Superstorm Sandy hit the region in 2012, we've invested hundreds of millions of dollars in repairing and upgrading PATH infrastructure to serve both current and future riders. With annual ridership projected to surpass a record 80 million customers in 2017, today's investment will continue our efforts to ensure PATH provides reliable and efficient rail service for decades to come."
Both substation projects are largely funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration.