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PATH OKs 550M To Restore Route 

The Port Authority will announce today it is spending about $550 million to restore PATH train service to lower Manhattan, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said yesterday. "This is a great shot in the arm and the first step toward revitalizing downtown," Silver (D-Manhattan) told the Daily News. Gov. Pataki and Silver will gather with transportation officials today to make the announcement.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Port Authority officials also are working on a plan for easy transfers between subway and PATH trains downtown, sources said.

Port Authority officials have said that accelerated construction could allow the PATH station under the World Trade Center
site to reopen in two years. Under that plan, long-closed entrances on Vesey and Liberty Sts. would be reopened. 

Greg Gittrich

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