MANHATTAN — The World Trade Center PATH station will reopen for weekend service after Superstorm Sandy-related repairs six months ahead of schedule.
Weekend closures began in January of 2019. They were meant to facilitate work on the tunnels connecting the WTC and Exchange Place stations which had suffered damage due to saltwater flooding from Sandy. The closings forced PATH customers to get back to New Jersey via the 33rd Street station.
The project includes the replacement of PATH’s tracks, third rail, electrical, signal and communications infrastructure in the tunnels below the Hudson River.
The Port Authority credits modifying its construction schedule.
"PATH engineers and contractors monitored work closely and held rigorous weekly project reviews, continually reassessing work done after each weekend closure and expediting changes to redirect workflow," a statement read.
“In this time of COVID-19, too much is uncertain,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “What is certain is that PATH is committed to improving its legacy infrastructure, bringing its passengers more reliable service, and undoing the severe damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The PATH line from the World Trade Center runs to Newark Penn Station, stopping in Jersey City as well as Harrison just outside Red Bull Arena on the way.
“We are pleased we could shorten the period of time that weekend closures were in effect,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We ask PATH riders for their patience too often. Now for those trying to use the World Trade Center station on weekends, the wait is over.”
During the COVID-19 outbreak, PATH is still asking riders to wear facial coverings when in stations or on trains, as well as disinfecting "high-touch" areas of stations and platforms, while trains are being cleaned within a 72-hour period and disinfected within a 24-hour period.
“We know that the past 18 months have not been easy for weekend PATH riders using the Newark-World Trade Center line,” said PATH General Manager Clarelle DeGraffe. “We’ve been working hard to complete this project as quickly and with as little disruption as possible, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”