Ridership at the PATH's Exchange Place station in Jersey City has doubled a year after the station reopened following flooding damage caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said yesterday.
About 11,200 weekday riders are now using the station, up from the average 5,600 riders in the first month after the station opened on June 30, 2003, according to the bistate agency that operates PATH.
Officials said they are ahead of projections by some 1,400 riders a day.
"These numbers are a clear indication that the region's economy is on the rebound, which requires continued investment in the region's transportation network," said Gov. James E. McGreevey in a statement.
The number of 11,200 riders is closing in on the pre-9/11 figures, when more than 15,000 passengers used the Exchange Place station on weekdays.
The collapse of the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks destroyed the PATH station beneath the Twin Towers, causing flooding through the tunnel under the Hudson River that severely damaged the Exchange Place station.
A total of $566 million was spent to fix both stations, with the hub at Ground Zero reopening in November. Ridership at that station now averages more than 33,000 riders on weekdays.