Remembrance of Those Killed by the Islamic Terrorists in Their Attacks on New York and Washington
Updates on the changes to PATH / Hudson Tubes after the Islamic
past a glorious sight the annual tunnel Christmas tree .....
- New NY governor may end unusual design for downtown PATH station with an informal blog comment on the matter.
- Entrance to WTC Station moved and on April 1, 2008 the new temporary entrance was opened.
- New York Times color story on how the paper of record missed the centenary of the PATH Trains / Hudson Tubes
- Centenary report from the Gotthamist with illustrations
- PA historic photo gallery of the Hudson Tubes / PATH trains with time line
- Centenary report from the Star Ledger
- PATH to test contactless fare cards
PATH Rides Monday to Mark 100th Anniversary NEW
YORK (1010 WINS) -- The PATH
commuter rail system is celebrating its 100th anniversary by giving
passengers a reason to rejoice, too. Also free ride report at the Star Ledger
They can ride the cross-Hudson trains for
free from 6 a.m. to 11p.m. Monday.
The system carries an average of 227,000
passengers each weekday between Manhattan and northern New Jersey. Those
numbers are expected to rise by 25 percent over the next decade.
- Port Authority press release on new cars
- The NYTimes is running a series of reports on different transit commutes; this week PATH Tubes from Journal Square to 33rd Street is the topic of this not too well researched or edited article [e.g., NJT commuter train to Journal Square].
- Public Presentation of New Passenger Cars and more detail on cars from The Jersey Journal.
- Fare Hike Brings Unlimited Fares
- PATH hike to be held to 25 cents
- Permanent Downtown Station Delayed
- New cell phone program
will help commuters using the PATH train figure out when their next train is coming.
- Proposal would add more rush hour PATH cars, and lengthen stations
officials reject PATH users suggestions
- Permanent WTC
station may not be ready until 2012
- New signalling system to be installed..... and more detail from The Jersey Journal
- PATH Tubes with television in stations and on trains.
- Delays from fire on Hackensack River Bridge.
- PATH car QuickCard SmartLink goes into service on PATH Tubes. PA lists instructions on obtaining SmartLink.
- National Guard to Patrol PATH
Trains and commentary on the use of the National Guard
- PATH car ablaze in Newark Station.
- Plans for Vesey Street entrance unveiled.
- Design revealed for entrance to the permanent World Trade Center station . and comments about the PA involvement in the WTC site.
- PATH trains running more slowly through derailment area .
service back to normal PATH trains on the Hoboken to 33rd Street line
are running normally today, following a derailment that interrupted service
An axle truck on one of the center cars of a Manhattan-bound train went
off-track yesterday at 2:55 p.m., and a second train was dispatched to
return the 300 passengers to Hoboken two hours later. Service to Manhattan
resumed, but passengers had to transfer at Pavonia / Newport for the
duration of the evening.The precise cause of the derailment is still being
investigated, said Port Authority spokesman Pasquale DiFulco.
- Color story on upcoming new PATH cars .
- PA sets up Test for the elderly of Smartlink card .
- Changes in Caltrava's Downtown
Station caused by finances
and as reported by the Star
- PA sets upE-Mail program for PATH commuters .
- NYTimes publishes report on bombing the PATH Tubes.
and the Port Authority comments on the article..
- TVs to be installed in PATH cars by 2011.
Big Apple Group from Yahoo reports a small photographic exhibit on Hudson Terminal in the WTC station; and Google hosts a video of the arrival and departure of a Tube train at Pavonia Station, while Youtube has a short clip of Newark Station with a PATH train arriving.
- The PA presents
links on the construction of the permanent downtown PATH Tubes station. .
- Extract from a long report on the developments at the World Trade Center site details on Calatrava's design for the permanent downtown PATH Tube station..
- Officials upset that New York withheld terrorist data.
- Video report from NY1 on the new security at Exchange Place .
- Ongoing problems with the escalators at Journal Square and Grove Street PATH Tube stations.
- The "bathtub" wall believed to have been the the Islamic terrorists'target.
- The Jersey Journal reports on the technology being introduced at Exchange Place , as does North Jersey.com in more detail, along with a color story on the first day of operation from the Jersey Journal and one from the Manhattan Villager..
- Details on security testing beginning at PATH Tubes station and the details as presented by Newsday.
- Department of Homeland Security will test new explosive detection technology at the Exchange Place station .
- Further details on Islamic Terrorist Plot to destroy the PATH Tubes from the AP.
- A worldwide investigation has uncovered an
al-Qaida loyalist's plan to blow up the PATH
train tunnels under the Hudson River, thwarting a terrorist conspiracy
the FBI called "the real deal," [and as reported in
The Star Ledger with a
color story from the NY Daily News.]
- Schematic of Changed Entrance to the Temporary Downtown PATH Tube Station.
- Further construction on Downtown Station to erase final remains of Hudson Terminal.
- Double delays, one potential security delay.
- PATH trains to run during construction blasting at WTC Station.
- Officials have begun scrambling to head off what could become yet another turf battle at ground zero, between the permanent PATH downtown terminal and the future performing arts center
- PA announces Further Technical Plans for Permanent WTC Station
at Grove Street Station
PATH Tube station proposed for Jersey City MarionC
- Call for a Third
PATH-Tube from The Jersey Journal editorial page
on PATH Tubes for Freedom Tower at WTC
- April 25, 2006
The PATH train service resumed Tuesday afternoon after 200 passengers were evacuated from a train that got stuck inside a tunnel outside the World Trade Center, according to the Port Authority. The passengers were evacuated after the Manhattan-bound train experienced mechanical problems and crews realized there was a smoke condition, a Port Authority spokeswoman said. Crews helped move passengers to the front of the train to an emergency exit. The train, which originated in Hoboken, was moved off the tracks and is now being inspected. The Newark-World Trade Center PATH line was running with delays, but returned to normal service after the train was removed.
- Rush hour headways
cause problems for connecting commuter train riders; linked to shift in Midtown/Downtown travel patterns.
Beginning Sunday, April 9, 2006, PATH will discontinue direct weekend service
between Hoboken and the World Trade Center. Weekend passengers travelling between both stations must transfer at Grove Street.
See map and timetable.
may be mandated for all PATH Tube trains
- The general and ongoing political and emotional fighting about the World Trade Center also affects the permanent downtown PATH Tube station. [Editorial]
- Sixth Track at WTC station abandoned.
- Testing of new PATH fare card begins; also as reported by NorthJersey.com.
- First reports on Exchange Place security measures , from the NYTimes and from the Washington Post.
- Voluntary Security at Exchange Place go into effect Monday.
- Security Control measures at Exchange Place said to take less than one minute per passenger
- Foreign firm Skanska gets major downtown station contract; while US firm, Granite Construction, gets another one.
- Exchange Place to be site of anti-terrorist testing on PATH.
- Port Authority announces start of construction on the permament downtown station.
- Port Authority to Destroy the Last Portions of the original H&M Hudson Terminal
- Renditions of the permanent WTC station: exterior, interior, concourse, atrium, cutaway and street view. placed.
- Order for new PATH cars placed.
- More details on the rise in PATH ridership during the NYC strike.
- The number of passengers on PATH, operated by the Port Authority, increased as the strike went on. On Thursday, the strike's third day, 296,963 riders took PATH trains. said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. "We don't believe the numbers were higher since we began operating PATH in 1962."
- 76 percent more passengers than on a normal day boarded PATH trains at 33rd Street station
- New Yorkers' View of PATH Tubes WTC - Thirty Third Street service during the NYC Strike
- NYC Transit strike: The Port Authority plans a special run of PATH trains from the World Trade Center station in Lower Manhattan to 33rd Street in Midtown. The service will run Monday thru Friday from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m. with trains every seven minutes during the morning and evening rush hours and will loop under the Hudson River through Jersey City for two stops, then back under the Hudson and up the West Side. The trip would take 20 minutes, compared with 10 to 12 minutes on the subway.
- PATH Riders' Comments on NYC Strike
- PA Press Release on Strike Plans
- Construction firm being chosen for the new WTC Terminal
- Cortlandt Street, Hudson Terminal and the new WTC Terminal
- PA intimates
it may go ahead alone on rebuilding the WTC
- ohn Gomez of The Jersey Journal on the building of Hudson Terminal, Part II.
- Actual construction begins on permanent WTC station with a temporary sixth track [and a diagram of the present temporary station.]
- Details on new cars from The Trenton Times.
Authority Unveils New PATH Cars
Oct 28, 2005 Long blue benches will replace the hated narrow orange
bucket seats on PATH trains in a few years.
The Port Authority unveiled the design for 340 new rail cars yesterday.
They'll replace models that date back to the 1960s by the middle of
While the new cars look similar to the current models on the outside,
officials say they'll ride quieter, have better heat and air, and
feature flat screen video screens.
There will be storage space below the new seats and each car will have
The project will cost nearly $500 million. [from WINS] with details here on the new car order from the
PA and a
summary from northjersey.com .
- John Gomez of The Jersey Journal on the building of Hudson Terminal, Part I.
- The Port
Authority will unveil the design for its new fleet of 340 rail cars at
a news conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19. Agency officials
also will discuss more than $3 billion in investments to upgrade the
service provided by the 43-year-old rapid-transit system.The news
conference will be held at the Exchange Place PATH Station in Jersey
- Change in the WTC "Datum" Based Hudson & Manhattan RR.
- Some 9/11 Families Sue To Block PATH Station at WTC with additional reports.
- Construction begins on permanent downtown PATH Tube station at the WTC .
- Brief comments on last train out of the WTC on the day of the Islamic terrorist attacks.
- Officials Set To Break Ground
On World Trade Transport Hub and with more details from Newsday, from WINS,
from Globe Street and from The Jersey Journal.
- Building Collapse fears disrupt PATH . with additional comments from the Villager.
- Follow up from Newsday on the permanent downtown station with several pictures, from the PA , from the Bergen County Record and from Architectural Record with several images.
- PA predicts
completion of permanent downtown station by 2009. and with more detail from the Star-Ledger.
- Plans for permanent WTC station bring Hudson Terminal to light [with 2005 views of Hudson Terminal].
- Downtown PATH hub
has $699M released for project at WTC site.
- Near fatal accident
at Grove Street station.
- PA reveals plans to make itself more accessible to customers
including those from PATH.
- Smoke bomb halts PATH train Wednesday, May 25, 2005
A World Trade Center bound PATH train was
evacuated at the Journal Square station yesterday morning after two men
threw a smoke bomb onto the train before exiting.
After the smoke bomb went off, a passenger pulled the train's emergency
brake at 9:10 a.m. and passengers quickly exited the train before it
pulled away from the platform. There were no reported injuries.
Trains between Journal Square, 33rd Street, Newark and World Trade
Center were delayed about 15 minutes in both directions between 9:10
and 10 a.m.
- New Grove Street
entrance opens with little fanfare
- Grove Street's
old/new entrance re-opens
- New cars to be
assembled in Yonkers with more details on the cars presented here
- One old and
one current story on the new cars with riders'
comments in the forum.
loses PATH car contract .
- PA Press
Release on new
PATH rolling stock and as
detailed in The Jersey Journal, by the Bergen
County Record by the
NYTimes , Trains
Magazine and by the
of new turnstiles for Smartcards
at Harrison begun; means end
of free rides from Harrison to Newark and brings a
letter to the editor.
- Possible long-forgotten
PATH train exits at Ninth Street.
- Plans for additional
platform at the WTC stationface opposition.
Permanent Station part of the
basement negotiations going on - with graphic.
- Further plans
for PATH smartcard
as part of regional transportation system.
- Audit finds PATH
restoration a 'model'.
- NIMBY view on additional
Ninth Street safety exit..
- The Port
Authority will allocate $30 million to study extending
the PATH Tubes to Newark Liberty International Airport.
- Almost exactly
a year ago was the re-opening of the WTC station. This
slide show from 2003 gives interesting views of the
- Higher than
expected ridership at the temporary WTC station
as reported by the Jersey Journal and as
reported by WINSand by
the Port Authority
and problems on the
new museum at the WTC
- Passengers can
use Smart cards to
pay their PATH fare in June 2005
package disrupts trains, ferries in evening rush hour
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 HOBOKEN - Hoboken PATH, train and
ferry services came to a halt during rush hour yesterday
while NJ Transit officials investigated a suspicious
package that was discovered in a train, officials said.
The box was later determined to be harmless. According to
an NJ Transit spokeswoman, a conductor on a train from
Bayhead to Hoboken spotted an unattended box aboard the
train at about 5 p.m. NJ Transit responded with
bomb-sniffing dogs, the spokeswoman said, and one of the
dogs picked up a scent from the box, prompting the
evacuation of Hoboken Terminal. The box was deemed safe
within an hour and normal train, ferry and PATH service
was resumed by 6 p.m., the spokeswoman said. Between
12,000 and 15,000 passengers were affected by the
incident, which is still under investigation by the FBI
and NJ Transit Police, the spokeswoman noted. - Sarah N.
downtown station now to
incorporate sections of the destroyed WTC PATH / Tube
- August 25: PATH
will add additional service from Hoboken to
Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd Street stations in
Manhattan during peak periods from August 30 to September
3. During that week, trains will operate every five
minutes instead of every six minutes. PATH will
cross-honor NJ Transit tickets at its Hoboken, World Trade
Center, 14th, 23rd and 33rd Street stations from 6 a.m. to
midnight during the week of August 30. NJ Transit tickets
also will be honored during peak periods at the
Christopher and 9th Street PATH stations.
- Tube crowd
the Republican Convention
- The Port
Authority’s PATH system will allow customers holding NJ
Transit tickets to board its trains at key stations during
the Republican National Convention, providing travelers
with another option to travel between New York and New
Jersey. Between August 30 and September 3, PATH will honor
NJ Transit tickets at its Hoboken, World Trade Center,
14th Street, 23rd Street and 33rd Street stations from 6
a.m. to midnight. PATH also will honor NJ Transit tickets
at its Christopher Street and 9th Street stations from 6
to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. For additional
information, travelers can call PATH’s customer service
line at 800 234-PATH or access its Web site at www.panynj.gov
Press Release Number: 100-2004
Alert meeting doesn't satisfy all.
- PATH meeting
to answer security questions Monday, August 02, 2004
HOBOKEN - PATH representatives will be available for a
question-and-answer session with local riders to
inform the public about various steps taken by PATH to
enhance security and safety.
Must Grow", Jersey Journal Editorial calls for
Place Passenger Count, Ridership at Key Jersey City
Station Hearing describes plans to audience
- General refurbishment
/ replacement of all PATH cars and the official
PA press release.
Station Environmental Hearings are Scheduled in Jersey
City and Manhattan
reports hearings on
input of the general public on the WTC and the possible
connection to the Eastside IRT scheduled
- Gotham Gazette
a slide show on the proposed PATH and Subway Terminal
at Fulton Street
- Detailed Plans
for PATH and Subway
Terminal at Fulton Street
Authority makes major cuts in PATH train service; had
tried for even more severe ones
- NJ Governor
joins campaign for new
Hudson River rail tunnel, unlikely for PATH use
- Color story on
daylight in the underground WTC station and the Tubes
on September 11, 2002.
- Only one
skyscraper at the WTC? There may instead be only low-rise
retail buildings, flanking
a permanent PATH Terminal
- Conflict over
ownership of WTC and street
map showing the shrunken street level size of PATH's
terminal compared to Hudson Terminal which ran from
Fulton to Cortlandt Streets.
plans for the Fulton
Street Terminal connecting to PATH Tubes' downtown station.
passenger's letter to the editor on overcrowded
PATH trains since re-opening of the WTC station.
- Low rise
buildings at WTC site may
serve PATH station and PATH concourse at the downtown
- Dispute among
officials and historians on preservation of elements from
the WTC, including
the original Hudson Tubes entry at the downtown
- Some comments
on personal experiences with the Tubes have been
made which might be of general interest;
the first one is now posted. If other visitors have
Tubes memories they'd like to share, I'll post them also. Webmaster
- Possible resurrected
streets at the downtown station.
- A detailed
description and architectural
analysis of the temporary downtown stationat the WTC.
- More details
and specifics on the unexpected
high volume of passengers at the temporary downtown
station as well as details on the future of the
station and passenger statistics on the PATH system.
details on the
design of the permanent downtown station .
- Tom Volpini
has located images of the plugs
used to seal off Exchange Place from the river after
the terrorist attacks.
is a memorial?
the Hudson Tubes through the WTC slurry wall may be
demolished or removed
once again the busiest in the system
- Details on the
temporary downtown station's extreme
of Hudson Terminal included in the WTC Historic site
being raised on
the legitimacy of costs of the temporary downtown station
at the WTC.
Gotham Gazette gives commentary
on and images of the plans for the permanent downtown
PATH tube station.
- The PA's
permanent downtown station's architecture
and development process are reviewed and compared to
those of the WTC.
- Newsday has an
line audio-visual presentation of the new PATH tubes
unveils plans for downtown
hub with PATH tube station [hovering over the image
will open a window with further webcam views of the
planned station].  WINS reports on the
transit hub here;  a New York Times' story is
with a rendering of the interior of the station,  an architectural
color story here with an exterior rendering and  here
from the NY Post.
- Surprisingly high
ridership level at the temporary downtown station
- Meetings are
being set on the NJ-ARP PATH
/ Lex proposal to connect the downtown PATH tube line
with the Lexington Avenue IRT. Details of that
plan are outlined here.
Transit Hub and permanent
downtown PATH tube station described in PA's press
- The PA's environmental
impact statement on the permanent downtown station
contains interesting details on the competing plans for
the temporary station, the design of the temporary and
permanent stations and a little background on the PA's
takeover of the Tubes.
- Proposals of
the NJ-ARP on PATH
connection to the East Side IRT .
- Official Port
Authority description of the temporary downtown
to the opening of the Downtown PATH tube station.
apparently had been one prototype model train
set of three H&M cars produced around 1916 for a
display for the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad. There now
is a replica of this model
of the original "black cars" available
commercially. [No connection to this website.]
account of the first public train into the temporary
WTC station and impressions of the station
story on downtown station from the Jersey City
viewpoint on the opening of the temporary downtown
News Record presents a technical
view of the temporary downtown station.
high ridership on the first work day at the temporary
downtown station and also
from the Newark Star Ledger; a
color report from the Washington Times
few pictures of the temporary station are in the Station
Gallery [about halfway down].
- Reports and
color stories on the opening day of the temporary downtown
station from The
Jersey Journal, NY
WINS , the PA's
and NY Daily News;
purple prosed color report from the NYTimes.
- November 23 scheduled
train times for the first trains into the temporary
downtown station from Hoboken and from Newark/Journal
diagram of the temporary downtown station and diagrams
of the station's street
- The Jersey
Journal reports on the opening of the
temporary downtown PATH tube station on Sunday
November 23 as does the Newark
Star Ledger and WINS
which also has a multimedia
presentation. The PA has issued a short
- November 2003
aerial view of WTC
site with PATH tube tracks curving into the temporary
downtown station. Click thumbnail to see full size.
- November 23
opening of the temporary downtown PATH tube station will
also be the first day for the
use of NYC Metrocards on PATH.
- Governors to
train - which had been the last train out of the former
WTC at opening of temporary station.
announcements of appearance
the temporary downtown station from passengers' view and
also from a political point of view
but also with area sketch. Also a summary
version of the station opening.
- Conjectures on
future appearance of permanent
Path Train Arrives At Ground Zero Oct 23, 2003 -- The
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has tested the
rebuilt commuter rail line between the World Trade Center
site and New Jersey. A train arrived at the temporary
station at the trade center yesterday afternoon for the
first time since the September 11th, 2-thousand-and-1
terrorist attacks. The test runs were among the final
checks being completed before the temporary station is
scheduled to reopen next month. Before the trade center
station was destroyed, 65-thousand commuters came through
it every day. Since the attack, many have used New Jersey
Transit trains or Hudson River ferries to get to lower
Another version from the Daily News is here.
- "With the
exception of an engineer from Newark, no one rose to
speak" at the first
public meeting on the downtown station and transportation
gives few details on permanent
- Daily News
Reports November 23
re-opening with Metrocard for subway transfers
scheduled for public input on downtown
- Newsday has
published a RealAudio
video of the temporary PATH tube station at the WTC.
temporary downtown station
is to be named World Trade Center.
new series of cars, "PA-5", is coming to the
tubes in 2006. A second version of the report is
here and a third summary is here.
- The Hoboken
Historical Museum has released a follow up to its 2003
Tubes exhibit: The
Public Be Pleased
- The Immediate
Aftermath of Islamic terrorist attack presented in
- The PA will
hold a Remembrance
Service at Riverside Church at 2 p.m. on September 11,
2003, to honor the Port Authority employees who were
killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The memorial service will be broadcast live by New Jersey
Public Television (NJN) for viewers in New Jersey, with a
rebroadcast at 9 p.m. There also will be a live webcast of
the memorial service on Bridge
for Downtown PATH Tube Station underway. For an
oriententation sketch of the bridge area click
here and look at the upper left area.
Authority Facilities Update 9 a.m., Sunday, August
17, 2003 reported the following conditions: PATH- No
delays; normal Sunday schedule
5,000 Passengers Evacuated from PATH Tubes after
second platform at Pavonia [Erie] re-opens after
almost a half century. And here an on
site picture of the platform.
station architect chosen for both Tube and subway
stations; two articles.
- Downtown Tunnels and Temporary WTC
from the PA
to 33rd Street expanded after rider complaints
- Progress on temporary
Powerhouse future again in doubt
- Color story on Exchange
- Summary of Downtown transportation
hub with PATH Tubes.
- Re-opening Exchange Place Official
- Official Port Authority report of
Re-Opening Ceremony at Exchange Place.
- Exchange Place Re-opening
- The Jersey Journal publishes an
especially clear summary of the
changes to Exchange Place and how they came about.
- Announcement of Exchange
Place Re-Opening .
- Customers Who Use Exchange Place Station
on First Day to Get Free
- NYPost article on downtown
station and architect Liebeskind.
- PA-NYNJ Press Release on re-opening
- Local report on
details of Exchange Place re-opening .
- Further details on re-opening
Exchange Place station in connection with the
Place Signalling, PA press release
for temporary downtown station; color report with an
- PA's Public Announcement on Exchange
- PA's Report on Downtown
Downtown Station to re-open September 2006
Place station to reopen on June 29
Tubes Exhibition now
underway through April 13 at The Hoboken Museum; with
a lecture series. More details are listed
here; and here are opening
times, dates, admission, etc.
- The costs
of the temporary downtown tube station are to be re-imbursed
by the federal tax payers instead of being paid for by
the Port Authority.
- In its press
release on the restoration of the Lackawanna Terminal
ferry slips the PA also gave a figure on the Tubes: Hoboken
Terminal is served by more than 280 daily NJ Transit
trains, 546 daily PATH trains, 394 daily
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains and more than 300 daily
NJ Transit buses in addition to other private bus
carriers serving Hudson County. More details on the
ferry terminal history and its relationship with the
Tubes are here.
- Tom Volpini has posted historical data
on the Tubes'
Plainfield Extension on the PATH Forum
- For the first time in many years 2002
showed a decline in Tubes' ridership, the greatest loss
of any transit carrier in the country:30% — likely a
direct result of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade
Center. Port Authority operated stations beneath the
World Trade Center and the Exchange Place. [NJTransit
posted a 36% ridership gain resulting in part from PATH
and other traffic having been rerouted to Hudson-Bergen
Light Rail with decreased ridership to Lower Manhattan.]
on the new downtown Tubes station from a local
details for downtown Tubes station announced
- PA announced
budget includes downtown Tubes station, Tubes'
possible extension to Liberty Airport, new cars and new
fare collection system
- PATH Tube stations at Exchange Place in
Jersey City and at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan will
reopen in June and December, respectively. [Thanks
for report to D. Peterson.]
- Feb 18 10 PM Snow Notice: PATH trains
will operate on a normal weekday schedule tomorrow
morning from Newark to 33rd Street, from Journal Square
to Hoboken, and from Hoboken to 33rd Street.
snow notice 4PM Feb 17: No delays at this time. PATH
is running only one service - between Newark, Hoboken
and 33rd Street.
- Plans for Downtown
PATH Tubes Station as Part of the Lower Manhattan
Transportation Complex continue; additional report here
and a graphic
- Exchange Place Station Current Status
(from the PATH
Tubes Restoration Site) Expected re-opening - as a
temporary terminal - June 2003: details
York New Visions, a downtown rebuilding site, displays
diagrams of the proposed downtown station and maps
of the surrounding area
- OT: Two Tubes Mishaps cause
delays and backups
- Tom Volpini posted three
archival articles on the proposed PATH extension to
Newark Liberty Airport with a substantial amount of
historical background. The articles were originally
posted at the Railroad.net
- More details on the proposed WTC PATH
station connection to Newark Liberty Airport
- As a NYC transit strike contingency plan
the PA-NYNJ has announced a special strike schedule. [in PDF format]
- Announced Deadline of January 31 for Downtown
Station Plans and with a follow
up on December 12.
- The recent announcement on details for
the new downtown station has revived interest in
an older plan from the 50s and 60s. The New
Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers has made a
proposal for the Tubes to be extended to the NYC
subway system through the East Side IRT
- More detailed plans for
the permanent downtown station revealed;
"temporary" station will probably be developed
into the "permanent" station.
PA-NJNY has published a timeline of the Tubes
commemorating the 40th anniversary of the takeover. Images
are in the Equipment Gallery.
Work progresses on the North River tunnel refurbishment
between Exchange Place and Downtown Manhattan. From the
Article Series Continues: is the Times trying to
as to What Effect NY Dispute.will have on the
Downtown Tubes rebuilding
of Status of the Downtown Line.
Downtown "Hub" inadequate; a different view.
Measures Stopped at Christopher Street by theater owners
Tubes Exhibit and lecture series opens Jan 19. Call
for additional artifacts to be displayed.
- Engineering Details on Downtown Station with photos
Exit Situation to Remain at Christopher and Ninth
station Likely to Stay On Site
- Some demand the downtown station be moved.
- Column on reason, emotions and rebuilding
the downtown station.
- Federal FEMA
money offically released for WTC station but
offficials want more
- Announcement due Monday on Federal
tax funds for new downtown Tubes station as part
of "transport hub". Another version of
the report is here.
- OT CABLE FIRE STALLS PATH
SERVICE PATH train service between New York
and New Jersey was suspended for two hours last night
July 29 because of a cable fire at the Pavonia station
in Jersey City, the Port Authority police said. "It
was a live cable, with electricity in it, and they had
to get that shut down to get the fire out," said
Sgt. John O'Donnell. Service to Journal Square from
Manhattan stopped around 8:30 p.m., and service to
Hoboken a short time later. The only trains running went
between Grove Street and Newark, Sergeant O'Donnell
said. Service was restored by 10:39 p.m., the police
said. Tina Kelley (NYT)
is displaying a diagram
of the track work at Exchange Place enabling it to
be used as a terminal until the WTC station is
- The July-August issue of Atlantic
Monthly contains a lengthy and very detailed article on
the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at the WTC, the
first of a three-part series: Unbuilding the World
Trade Center; Unfortunately, except in a
very short extract the article, is not available on
the web. Here are two
short excerpts relating to the Tubes. Additional
text added to the excerpts July 24 with two diagrams
from the article: one
a close up of the Tube station situation, the
other showing the Tube station in the context of
- Color Story on Ferries
Supplementing Tubes after the Terrorist Attacks
Info on Downtown Station: Extract
Apparently Get FEMA to Withhold Taxpayers' Money from
Wield Cultural Sword to stop safety exits at
Installed at Pavonia Images of PATHVision are here
[click 5. Stations] and also here
Plans for downtown station
Port Authority has opened an official
site on the restoration of the Tubes / PATH with
plans for Exchange Place
and also for the temporary downtown station
click each image to enlarge.
to the Editor on Second Exits for 9th and
Increase Presure Against Safety Measures, opposition
to 9th and Christopher safety exits
Topic: new advertising in PATH tunnels near 14th
merchants and lobbyists, oppose PATH's safety
measures at Ninth and Christopher Streets - click link
for article, click
Next Great Train Station for the Tubes; extract of
an interview with architect working with the downtown
PATH seeks station improvements for safety - opposed
by merchants and businessmen
Tube Station on High Priority
PA Presentation on the Need for New Entrances
- Art and Money Join Forces: NIMBY
Protest on Safety Measures at 9th and Christopher
- Insurance Money and the Replacement
WTC PATH Station
May 30 picture of the damaged WTC PATH station with
commentary by Joseph Brennan.
- First Published Specific Plans on the Temporary
Workers clear debris from the tracks where the PATH
train once ran beneath the destroyed World Trade Center
complex, Sunday, May 19, 2002, in New York. Some of The
steel beams that will make up the new IRT subway are
visible below. (AP Photo / Louis Lanzano) Click this
Yahoo photo to see full size
- Secaucus Connection Delayed to Match Tubes
Exchange Place and Downtown Schedule
May 17 a surveyor marks the tracks of the PATH train
tracks near the last steel beam of the World Trade
Center's collapsed South Tower in New York. New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the
beam will be removed in a ceremony May 30, officially
ending the recovery effort at the site. (AP Photo / Beth
A. Keiser) Click this Yahoo photo to see full size
- PATH Tubes
Elevator Construction at the WTC
Port Authority Police Lt. John Ryan walks into the PATH
train tube under the World Trade Center disaster site in
this file photo of Tuesday, April 16, 2002. Construction
on an elevator for the PATH commuter train station began
last month and workers will begin building the
foundations for the station as soon as the recovery
operation at ground zero is complete. Click this Yahoo
photo to see full size
Jersey Journal has a series of pictures on the
walk described below; they can be viewed as
expandable thumbnails or as a slide show.
Tour of the Tubes at Exchange Place and the downtown
tunnels along with future plans for Exchange Place. Jersey
- 7 Billion Plan Includes Temporary
and or New Downtown Tubes Terminal
Map showing temporary Tubes / PATH WTC station; click to
Work on PATH and subway lines has begun in the crater
left by the trade center. Ironworkers construct and
install U-shaped tunnel supports.[NYTimes]
Opposition to Additional PATH Tube Exits - 2nd
- From Yahoo April 16 - Click to enlarge:
PATH Train tracks now leading nowhere sit on the site of
the World Trade Center attacks, in New York. The train
tunnel coming from New Jersey under the Hudson River was
not damaged by the center's collapse and the tracks have
been uncovered as debris from the site was removed.[NB
Woolworth Tower in background.]
Skyrocket on Rebuilding
Articles on Viewing Wall and PATH reconstruction.
- From Yahoo April 9 - Click to enlarge:
Construction workers clear debris from the PATH train
tracks now exposed at the site of the World Trade Center
where PATH passenger service has been disrupted since
Sept. 11. An additional view is here
Station as Part of WTC Memorial with a 2nd
peripheral story as well as a third
- Details on Exchange
Place and Temporary WTC Stations
for H&M Powerhouse
Until Downtown Station Will Be Fully Rebuilt
Full Replacement" of Downtown Tubes Service by
2nd of 2 FerryServices
Details on Temporary Downtown Tubes Station
of Tubes Being Cleared as WTC Work Nears End. In the
Multimedia Graphic hover over #1 and #6.
to be Supplemented by Additional Ferries; with
a RealVideo Link
Gets New Lighting
Budget provides for temporary and permanent downtown
station and Exchange Place service.
Two PATH train cars are shown in the debris field after
being removed from the underground station several
stories below the collapsed north tower of the World
Trade Center Feb. 24, 2002, AP Photo/Louis Lanzano Yahoo
- Salvage work continues at PATH WTC
station on February 22, 2002.[Yahoo photo]
- Law enforcement personnel pose for a
photograph, Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, in front of two cars
from the PATH trains that once stopped at the station
beneath the World Trade Center and were removed during
the recovery operation. (Yahoo AP Photo /Stephen
Closures of Christopher and 9th Streets
Politician Calls for Downtown Transit Hub without
mentioning PATH / Tubes
- From Yahoo: A damaged car from a PATH
train is shown at the World Trade Center disaster site
as workers observe debris removal Sun Feb.17, 2002. (AP
Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
new "Bathtub" Wall at Downtown Station; 2
and Ninth Streets to be closed overnight
Release on Temporary Downtown Terminal and on
- First Contract
Awarded for Downtown Terminal: 2 articles
Downtown: 1 or 2 PATH Stations?
on Interim Tubes / PATH Service
- Old Hudson Terminal to be heart of
Grand Central"; click the thumbnail for a full
- C-SPAN has a January 18 1
hour video progam, playable on RealAudio on the
clean up of the WTC from the viewpoint of the Port
Authority police. Included in the program are images of
the remains of the PATH station [at approximately
36 minutes, 43 minutes, and , mainly, 47 minutes;
51 minutes; 1hr 9 min] as well as of the old Hudson
Terminal tunnel [56 minutes] which may go back into
service. Click on "Tour of World Trade Center
Ground Zero" .
car peeking ... local color story
Train Under the WTC [2 stories]
WTC Station in 18 Months [2 articles]
than Expected WTC Clearance and Future Plans for
PATH Tubes Station [2 articles]
Subway at Tubes to be Rebuilt Quickly no
improvements as originally envisioned.
Lose Riders but Gain Crowds
Card Advances for PATH / Tubes
- Special Christmas
and New Year's schedules released
tree in tunnel gets a flag this year
December 2003 temporary Station to open next to WTC
WTC Station intertwined with many problems
and Ninth St Stations to get 2nd entrances
Street Improvements after 75% ridership Increase
- PANYNJ press release on re-opening
Exchange Place and re-building downtown Manhattan
and Permanent Downtown Stations Planned and Funded -
- PANYNJ press release on integrated
fare collection of Tubes and NYC subway
Million for Downtown Tubes
plans for Exchange Place and WTC / Hudson Terminal -
downtown service may be back in 18 months. Newark
Terminal as replacement for the WTC Station. NYTimes
Tubes / PATH welcomes new ferry competition at
Pavonia Station, three articles [The
Jersey Journal and Newark
New Trains added to new Newark 33rd Street line
- This extract about the Tubes
in the first few hours after the terrorist attacks
is from a Sunday November 11article
on the events of the day in the NY Daily News.
years to re-open Tubes WTC station 2 stories.
PATH Station Downtown?
- Local-color story: Overcrowded
Tubes no longer guarantee
- The current condition of the WTC
basement and the PATH
station in this NYTimes
report [with pictures from the Star-Ledger].
- Original Hudson
Terminal as new downtown station [NYTimes]
of the 4th Tunnel possibilities is in this [slow
Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel as proposed by "Access
to the Region's Core"
of WTC and Exchange Place affects commuter rail
up 91% on 33rd Street line; plan for Exchange
at Journal Square Station
Christopher Street Emergency Notice November 1
Place PATH Tube Riders lose direct access to trolley
Hudson Terminal Tunnels provide entry to WTC
treasure vaults. Note red text.
/ Downtown Tube Lines
note the red text
for New Downtown Tubes / PATH station
Age's October Report
Hudson Terminal Station May Temporarily Replace
WTC [thanks to John Anen]
- Stabilizing IRT
with reference to PATH / Tubes
View of the IRT Cortlandt Street station [NOT the Tubes
- A CNN report from September 20 on using
the Tubes in leaving Manhattan after the
collapse of the Towers.
NYCSubway website has views of the demolition of
Hudson Terminal and the building of the WTC showing the
old and new Tubes / PATH stations and the complexity of
Subway Station Likely Destroyed
- Update on
Tunnel Still Restricted
- Future of
Downtown PATH / Tubes Service
Commuters Steered to Safety
workers key in averting greater disaster
- PATH Is
Running 3 Lines
- Tubes / PATH
Takes Up Transit Slack
Report on Tube Station Damage
Background on the Replacement of the original Tubes
station by the WTC station
Assessment of WTC Foundation Damage
Station Was to be Renovated
Times Report on Damage to WTC clicking on "More
Interactives" in the upper right gives views of NYC
subway damage. No direct schematics of Hudson Tubes /
Daily News Report on Damage to WTC PATH / Tubes
Report on Damage to WTC including the Tubes /
Path station; in the article's graphic the Tubes are
designated as "rail lines".
presents a short history, a description and a sightseeing tour of the
& Manhattan Railroad), one of the earliest subways of the world, along with three
image galleries of the Tubes, past and present. If your
time is limited, try the topics marked
first. I originally wrote this as an article for the German
Straßenbahn but have re-written it in English and
expanded it for the web.
the Tubes are now called "PATH" and are operated by
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, their basic
structure remains as it was upon their opening. Besides
posting updates on the changes to the PATH tubes resulting
from the terrorist attacks, I'm continuously working on the
Tubes Galleries and am slowly also expanding and updating the
text. So stop in once in a while for changes.
here to enter the Hudson Tubes
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