The Trans-Hudson rail rapid transit system (PATH) has announced an increase of more than 22,000 passengers in average weekday ridership during the first two weeks of Amtrak’s infrastructure repair project at New York Penn Station. Normally, most of the riders use NJ Transit Midtown Direct service but are being diverted to the Hoboken Terminal station for the project.
Since Amtrak work began July 10, PATH added four trains per hour on the Hoboken-33rd Street line during morning and afternoon/evening rush hours. PATH also reported an overall on-time performance rate of nearly 98 percent.
More than 100 employees from PATH and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) have been at the Hoboken, 33rd Street and the World Trade Center stations to assist the cross-honored NJT customers since July 10. The commuter rail line already accommodated a system-wide average of about 277,000 passengers per weekday this year.
"As the traveling public increases its reliance on PATH during this period, our commitment to providing service that maintains the highest levels of safety and efficiency is paramount," said Pat Foye, PANYNJ executive director. "PATH’s role has never been more critical to the region."
The Penn Station project is expected to require the continuation of schedule modifications by Amtrak, NJ Transit and the Long Island Railroad through September 1.
PATH General Manager/Director Mike Marino attributed the performance of the first two weeks to an advanced nine-week planning and inspection process in advance of the service outages; strong collaboration with PATH’s regional transportation partners; and the patience and perseverance of the riding public.
Marino stated, "We particularly want to thank the riding public for its continued patience and cooperation as we work to make their commuting experience this summer as comfortable as possible."