The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center flooded the two PATH train
tunnels between the WTC and New Jersey,
destroying signals, tracks and other
equipment. About 67,000 riders used that route
New fare gates accepting MetroCards at the
rebuilt PATH WTC station will be in use Nov.
23, according to a Transit Authority document.
That will allow PATH riders to transfer to
subways using the same fare card. Other
stations along the PATH line will begin
accepting MetroCards next year. Port Authority
spokesman Steve Coleman would not confirm or
deny the Nov. 23 opening date. But he noted
the resumption of service to the WTC site will
benefit tens of thousands from New Jersey who
work in lower Manhattan.
Riders will step onto a platform, walk up
to the mezzanine level and then take an
escalator up toward a Church St. exit. There
will be no permanent building at street level
- only a bare-bones facility with no heat, air
conditioning or retail stores other than a
newsstand, Coleman said. "It's a way of
getting service resumed as quickly as
possible," he said.
A permanent station that would handle
83,000 people a day is slated to be completed
by the end of 2006.