Even longer waiting times for Hoboken weekend
service changes are nixed
Starting the week of May 30, PATH trains
traveling from Hoboken to the World Trade Center
station will run every six minutes instead of
five during rush hour and every 12 minutes
instead of 10 during off-peak hours on weekdays.
In an effort to reduce spending, the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs
the system, also proposed eliminating direct
service between Hoboken and 33rd St. and the
World Trade Center stations on weekends.
But after calls of concern from Hoboken Mayor
David Roberts, that proposal was thrown out and
weekend service will remain the same.
"These eliminations were not in the
interest of Hoboken," said Roberts, who
called the Port Authority after he was contacted
by The Jersey Journal on Tuesday and told of the
"I spent the better part of yesterday
(Tuesday) with the leadership of New Jersey and
the Port Authority to resolve this,"
Roberts said yesterday. "I'm very
appreciative to the Port Authority for listening
to my concerns and addressing my issues."
Roberts pointed how dependent many Hoboken
residents are on PATH service to and from
Manhattan. He said he was less concerned with
the delays in weekday service and called it a
scheduling decision that is up to the Port
As long as the direct routes from Hoboken are
preserved, he said he felt satisfied.
Officials from the Port Authority did not
return phone calls yesterday seeking an
explanation for the longer rush-hour waiting
Raymond Arenas, chairman of United
Transportation Union Local 1413, which
represents PATH conductors, revealed the
proposed weekend train service elimination in a
letter sent this week to The Journal.
"I have to protect the public,"
said Arenas. "The public needs to know.
We're happy that they (the PATH) are keeping the
weekend service, but how do they justify the