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PATH Service to Resume Between Newark and Manhattan

New ferry service also set to begin from Hoboken to New York City, officials said Sunday.

PATH train service at Newark Penn and Harrison stations to Manhattan will resume Monday morning, Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Service will begin at 5 a.m., according to a news release. Trains will run in both directions until 10 p.m. between Newark Penn and 33rd Street in New York City.

The temporary line will include stops at Journal Square, Grove Street and Newport Stations in Jersey City and 14th, 23rd, and 33rd street stations in New York City, the release said. Trains will skip Christopher and 9th Streets in New York.

Disabled passengers will only be able to access platforms at Newark, Journal Square and 33rd Street.

PATH service remains suspended at Hoboken, Exchange Place and the World Trade Center stations as officials continue repairs more than 10 days after Hurricane Sandy crippled mass transit across the region.

"Due to significant damage that resulted from the unprecedented and widespread flooding in the PATH tunnels and multiple stations, it will be several weeks before resumption of service on the Newark-World Trade Center line and the lines to and from Hoboken station," the release said.

Travelers may experience longer waits and possible delays until service is fully restored, Port Authority officials said. To limit crowding at station ticket vending machines, passengers can purchase SmartLink cards with pre-funded trips.

Officials also announced the following details on a new ferry service between Hoboken and New York City:

To provide additional mass transit options from Hoboken to Manhattan, the Port Authority and New Jersey Transit also will begin operating a new ferry service from the Hoboken Ferry Terminal on Monday. NJ Transit customers will now be able to take a bus to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal and then transfer to a ferry that will take passengers to Pier 79 at 39th street in Manhattan. The fare is $5 and ferries will run back and forth between Hoboken and Manhattan from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  Free shuttle buses will be provided from Pier 79 to midtown Manhattan.

Passengers who normally use the Hoboken station to get to Manhattan can also choose to make the ten minute walk to the Newport station, or take advantage of several other ferry and bus alternatives.  Ferry service to Lower Manhattan is available from Liberty State Park and to Midtown Manhattan from Weehawken, New Jersey. In addition, NJ Transit has doubled the number of No. 106 buses from Hoboken to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in both directions.

For up-to-date information visit the Port Authority’s website http://www.panynj.gov/path/ and follow them on Twitter @PATHTweet. To check ferry schedules visit http://nywaterway.com/.

Geoff Vincent November 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Great news that new lines are opening, though I really wish they had given us more information earlier. I appreciate all the hard work, but unfortunately "several weeks" until the Hoboken station reopens basically means "student commuters will have a hellish rest of the semester."
Fire Carmelo Garcia November 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Interesting, $5 ferry service to midtown? While it is a shorter trip from uptown Hoboken to midtown and it is like $8 per trip? Hmmmm, so your saying ny waterway is ripping us off!
XJS November 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Seems that way, yes. Also, some ferries have access to Pier 11, but Hoboken's ferries don't. Seems like a giant money grab to me. I will probably just bike to Newport and Path it. The Newark line is fully operational.
Jay Bell November 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
This will be a big help for those who commute and travel between New Jersey and New York. By looking at the picture, someone could have drowned trying to take the PATH. It's scary. www.firebrandcentral.com
Alex November 12, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Trains are back! Limited service, at least -- go to the NJ transit website for details and a schedule. But most stops on the Morris-Essex line are back -- including Chatham -- and running as of tomorrow, Monday, November 11. http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=CustomerNoticeTo&NoticeId=2304 (scroll down to Morris-Essex)
Ridgewooder November 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I love how they don't even give an estimate, or guesstimate, as to when Hoboken-WTC service will resume.
Erik Endress November 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Perhaps that is because there was catastrophic damage? I would think virtually everything in the station and the tunnels needs to be replaced, no?
Jonathan N. Marcus November 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
MY understanding is that one of the very complicating factors was that there was salt water flooding. Traditionally, when they have experienced flooding in these tunnels it comes from fresh water storm runoff. In this case, it was tidal flooding which introduced salt water into the mix. Salt water is much more corroding than fresh water when it comes to electrical equipment. As a commuter who relies on the PATH train to get to midtown from Hoboken, I am certainly frustrated over the lack of service, However, I can appreciate the enormity of the circumstances.
Ridgewooder November 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Absolutely. And they can have an estimate as to how long that will take to remedy. A month? Six months? A year? Something.
Ojo Rojo November 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM
NJT could easily replace the lost train service w/ more buses especially later in the evening and overnight if they wanted to but as of now they refuse to do so which is why so many people get stranded when the last bus leaves and they end up paying through the nose for a cab. yet another reason why NJT should be given no permission to develop anything every in Hoboken!

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