Hoboken PATH train service resumes 7 weeks after Sandy

Posted at 10:16 AM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 10:17:29-05

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (PIX11) – The Port Authority announced Tuesday that as of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning PATH service would finally resume at Hoboken Station, which was heavily impacted by Sandy.

Now the station is reopening and service is being restored to 33rd Street after workers pumped more than 10 million gallons of water out of the tunnels and replaced a lot of the system’s signal and switching equipment.

Officials say salt water and electric don’t mix and the combination caused major problems.

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The first Hoboken train arrives at the PATH platform. (JEREMY TANNER / WPIX-TV)

The restoration of service has been a long time coming.  It’s been seven weeks since the storm slammed the region.  Since then, commuters who normally made the quick trip to and from Manhattan have been forced wait on long lines for ferries or to take much longer bus trips or more expensive cab rides.

Many complained that losing the train added from 45 minutes to more than an hour and 15 minutes to their commutes.

Service will run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week with work continuing overnight. The Port Authority says full 24/7 service and trips to the World Trade Center should be restored by New Years Eve.

The re-opening is also good news for businesses in Hoboken that have taken a financial hit.  Many of the bars and restaurants rely on visitors from the city and they report a 25 to 75% dip in business in the wake of the storm.