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Posted by afriedma February 25, 2008 05:12AM
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of PATH train service between New Jersey and New York, anyone riding PATH trains today between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. can forgo the regular $1.50 fee and ride free.

In addition, free vouchers for SmartLink cards will be distributed at all 13 PATH stations. File PhotoA commuter descends to the World Trade Center PATH train station platform. Nearly 240,000 people ride PATH trains each day. Originally operated by the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, the system was purchased by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from the bankrupted railroad in the 1960s and was re named the Port Authority Trans-Hudson.

The free rides are intended in part to promote the Port Authority's planned multibillion-dollar expansion, which includes replacing and adding to the fleet of rail cars and upgrading all PATH stations. Overall, the 10-year project is expected to increase capacity by 25 percent, according to Port Authority officials.

Comments STAR8111 says... How sad. They could have taken the money and given it to the 9/11 firefighters fund, salvation army, or even the red cross that badly need help right now. Makes no sense to celebrate without thinking! That's called sacrifice. Why sacrifice? Because there are millions of Americans who would love to have an extra $1.50 to buy something. Posted on 02/24/08 at 12:12PM

devilinsides says... Do you even ride the Path on a daily basis? I wlecome the opportunity to ride for free if for only one day. Feel free to send a $ donation to the NON=profot of your choice While you are at it, check out the salaries of the Executive VPs at each of above mentioned causes. The ARC has more $$$ that they know what to do with it. Posted on 02/24/08 at 12:54PM seeyah says... Why sad? They decided to provide a little relief to their ridership. These are working people who could use a break too. Why is there always this redistribution of wealth mentality attached to everything. Posted on 02/24/08 at 12:56PM

wiley0714 says... There is no money to donate. There letting people ride for free. If they donate to a cause you would yap about why not this one etc. The benifit is many transiant people (bums) will be on hand to take any donations you want to give them.. go and give 1.50 to a bum and feel good star8111 Posted on 02/24/08 at 1:05PM

fooliwas says... That is $360,000 they could have used to downsized their debt.. You will complain later when they raise the fares to pay the debt. Posted on 02/24/08 at 1:15PM

Arihoboken80 says... Ok this is for Star8111: First of all I am a daily user of the PATH system and I am grateful for the oneday in their 100 year history that they let us ride for free. Also I do not make alot of money. Beleive it or not people who commute to New York are not rich stockbrokers or investors or anyother type of position. The people that I commute with everyday vary from the women who go clean the rich people houses on Park Ave, to teachers who teach in the inner city, to students going to school in the city, magazine editors like me, or men who sell their wares on the streets so they can make some money to support their families. For all these people that use the PATH everyday... A free ride is greatly appreaciated. I understand that the fares will eventually go up...but thats a part of life, living in this area is expensive but this is where the jobs are at. Also if the PATH which is a goverment organization were to donate that money to an organization like you stated (Salvation Army) for example... then that would be crossing the line with seperation of church and state. Just so you know the Salvation Army is a religious denomination, just like the cathloic church, Episcopal church, Methodist church, etc. And I would not donate to them anyway because they sell their stuff instead of donate it to the people who need it the most. Also as another person stated, organizations like the redcross, and ARC and so on....Their CEO's make in the lower 6 figures. They are not hurting for cash. I personally struggle everyday for my PATH Fare... there are times where I have to scrounge around for cash to make it to work in the morinng, but I am grateful that I can make it. A free ride again is totally appreciate because I was not sure where I was going to get my ticket for tommorow. Please understand the facts before you make ignorant comments about how the PATH should give that money to charity. Also the 9/11 organizations I do not know much about but again it would be a controversial idea to donate federal money to independant organizations. Do your homework and try riding the PATH 5 days a week round trip and some weekends... then you can understand. Thanks! Posted on 02/24/08 at 4:15PM

TimSPC says... Say hi to Teddy for me! Posted on 02/24/08 at 7:00PM Footer

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