The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) Trans-Hudson rail rapid transit system (PATH) has announced that, based on data from the first six months of 2017, rail ridership may hit a yearly record of 80 million passengers and a nearly 98 percent on-time performance. This comes after the five year recovery of Superstorm Sandy-related damage.
PATH ridership numbers for the first half of 2017 were up 3.6 percent over the comparable period of 2016, with an average weekday total of 277,000 riders through the end of June. On-time performance during the first six months of 2017 was nearly 98 percent overall, with peak period on-time performance at 96.3 percent.
“We’ve seen substantial growth in our ridership over the first half of this year, but we’ve continued to make significant progress in ensuring our customers have a safe, convenient and on-time ride, while continuing our maintenance work with minimal inconvenience to passengers,” remarked Mike Marino, PATH general manager and director.
In response to Amtrak’s New York Penn Station infrastructure improvements and service adjustments, PATH has increased train frequency between the Hoboken-33rd Street stations during both the morning and evening rush hours, and has cross-honored NJ Transit passengers at three of the busiest PATH stations, which are Hoboken, 33rd Street and the World Trade Center.
“The PATH team has done a tremendous job of literally keeping the trains running on time, while prioritizing safety first and maintaining a high level of service to its customers,” stated Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “PATH has successfully weathered numerous challenges this year, and we expect that will continue during the summer months as PATH adds service for new customers affected by Amtrak’s work at New York Penn Station.”
PATH’s preliminary figures show that total ridership numbers for June 2017 were approximately 7.2 million, or 4 percent higher than June 2016. June ridership on the weekends was also up by 3 percent on Saturdays and 5 percent on Sundays over the June 2016 numbers.
"PATH has been an integral part of trans-Hudson commuting options for decades, as further evidenced by the railroad's record ridership and stellar performance during the first half of 2017," said John Degnan, Port Authority chairman. "The agency is proud to assist thousands of New Jersey commuters whose typical travel patterns will be disrupted by the upcoming Penn Station work the remainder of the summer.”
PATH has also stated that it expects to complete the federally mandated installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) throughout the system by the end of 2018.