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[1] PATH REBUILD PLAN ON THE FAST TRACK By WILLIAM NEUMAN January 30, 2002 -- EXCLUSIVE Taking the first step toward rebuilding lower Manhattan since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Port Authority officials will meet tomorrow to award a $300 million contract for the reconstruction of the ruined World Trade Center PATH station. "This is the first major infrastructure project in lower Manhattan [since 9/11], and certainly, it's something that was absolutely necessary," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles Gargano. 

 The contract calls for clearing debris-filled tunnels, replacing broken tracks and rebuilding the station damaged in the terror attacks. Work will begin within a week on the tunnels, while engineers and architects finalize plans for the station - which is envisioned as a temporary facility that will be used until officials agree upon overall plans for the makeover of the downtown transit map.  Gargano said PA officials have put the PATH rebuilding on the fast track - hoping to have trains running again in 18-24 months. 

Bids from four pre-approved contractors are due by 11 a.m. tomorrow. PA engineers will pore over the bids and, barring complications, bring a recommendation to the agency's 12-member board of commissioners the same day. 

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[2] Port Authority awards $300 million contract for rail station at WTC site

January 31, 2002, 5:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) * The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey awarded a $300
million contract Thursday for construction of a new temporary PATH station at the
World Trade Center site.

The deal includes related work in the Port Authority Trans Hudson tunnels and in
Jersey City, N.J., that is needed to restore access to lower Manhattan from New Jersey
and to reopen Jersey City's Exchange Place PATH station. The contract, awarded to a partnership of Tully Construction, Yonkers Contracting Co., and A.J. Pegno Construction, was based on the lowest contractor's fee. The winning bid included a contractor's fee of $16.71 million. The next lowest bid was $23.75 million.

Work is expected to begin in three weeks, PA spokesman Alan Morrison said. It should
be completed in about two years. "This contract represents the first major step in the reconstruction of lower Manhattan and a milestone in New York City's recovery from Sept. 11," Gov. George Pataki said.

Before Sept. 11, the World Trade Center station was the busiest in the PATH system,
serving approximately 65,000 commuters daily. "The projects approved today will help provide relief to these commuters and restore avital link between New Jersey and lower Manhattan," New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey said.

In addition to constructing a new temporary PATH terminal for lower Manhattan, the contract provides for restoring two PATH tunnels under the Hudson River, expanding
the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City and building new crossovers that will
allow PATH trains to cross between tunnels at Exchange Place.

Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press
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