Authority of New York and New Jersey will spend
$809 million on new and refurbished rail cars for
its PATH system linking northern New Jersey with
agency issued a request for proposals yesterday
from contractors interested in repairing or
replacing its entire rail fleet. The program would
buy 246 new cars and rehabilitate or replace an
additional 94 cars.
would be the largest single investment in PATH
since the Port Authority acquired it from the
Hudson and Manhattan Railroad in 1962.
The first of the
new cars should be in service in late 2008 or
early 2009, and the entire fleet is to be replaced
or rehabilitated by 2011.
than 40 years, the PATH system has provided a key
mass transit option that allows commuters to send
less time in their cars and more time with their
families," Gov. James E. McGreevey said.
"These new cars will demonstrate our
unwavering commitment to public transportation in
New Jersey and will help my administration improve
the quality of life for all commuters by reducing
congestion at our bridges and tunnels."
Authority is working on plans for a new
transportation hub at the World Trade Center site.
The new cars will
feature improved lighting, air conditioning and
heating systems; cantilevered seats with room for
passengers to store items underneath; prerecorded
station announcements; better signs, and three
doors on each side to permit faster loading and
hopes to award a contract for the new cars later