NJ Rail Station Still Set To Reopen June 2003
April 17, 2002
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -(Dow
Jones)- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
is still on track to reopen the Exchange Place PATH
commuter rail station in Jersey City, N.J. in June
2003 , officials said.
Speaking at the Waterfront Business Community Council
meeting here Wednesday morning, Bill Wong, program
manager of the Port Authority's downtown restoration
program, said the group is also still on track to
start running trains from Exchange Place to and from a
Trade Center station in December 2003 . The Port
Authority set this timeline two months ago.
The June date refers to when trains from the Pavonia
Newport and Grove Street stations in Jersey City will
start running through Exchange Place. The Port
Authority plans to start controlled blasts in the PATH
tunnels in Jersey City as soon as May 6 , officials
said. The explosions will take place 60 to 70 feet
below ground and should not be felt on the surface,
according to Wong. The Port Authority is in the
process of applying for permits to start the blasts.
A second entrance to the Grove Street station in
Jersey City is scheduled to be completed during the
first quarter of 2003, Bill Fellini, director of PATH
capital programs, said at the meeting.
The World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations
were heavily damaged by the Sept. 11 attack and
aftermath, which cut off service to thousands of
commuters. The tunnels connecting the stations beneath
the Hudson River also suffered extensive damage. The
Grove Street station as well as the Christopher Street
station in Manhattan have faced beyond-capactiy crowds
during rush hour since the attacks.
-By Hollister H.
Hovey, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-2007;