Port Authority UNVEILS FULL-SIZE MOCK-UP OF NEW PATH CAR
New Cars are Part of Port Authority’s Planned
$3.3 Billion, 10-Year Investment to Overhaul the PATH System
The Port Authority today unveiled a full-size mock-up of the new PATH car, a major milestone in its efforts to fully overhaul, modernize and increase capacity on the rail system. The new cars are a highlight of the agency’s 10-year, $3.3 billion PATH program, which includes, among other improvements, completely replacing the existing 340-car fleet, adding up to 119 new cars to the fleet, modernizing the PATH signal system and increasing capacity on the system by approximately 25 percent.
The new cars will contain customer amenities designed to attract more riders to the mass-transit system to reduce congestion and improve the environment. The system now handles approximately 242,000 passenger trips each weekday.
Each new PATH car will be equipped with video monitors that will provide news, weather and sports information from WNBC, as well as PATH service announcements. The new cars also will feature three doors on each side to allow for faster loading and unloading; on-board CCTV surveillance capability; improved lighting; pre-recorded station announcements; enhanced signage; and the capability for passengers to communicate directly with the crew. The cars also will have an environmental feature known as regenerative braking, which will allow the car to return some of the electrical power it uses to accelerate back to the power system when it goes into braking mode.
Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. is building the 340 PATH rail cars to replace the existing fleet. The Port Authority will receive the first test train of new PATH cars this year and passengers can expect to see new trains on the tracks by the end of the year. The entire fleet will be replaced by 2011. Dates for installation of additional cars have yet to be determined.
The new PATH cars are part of the Port Authority’s planned $3.3 billion, 10-year investment in PATH, the first major overhaul of the system since the bistate agency acquired it from the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad in 1962. Other components of the $3.3 billion dollar capital improvement plan include:nearly $390 million to replace PATH’s antiquated signal system, a critical component in increasing capacity by reducing the wait time between trains; $659 million to upgrade and modernize all 13 PATH stations, including the installation of 10-car platforms at the Harrison and Grove Street stations that will allow 10-car trains to operate on the congested Newark-to-World Trade Center line. Currently, seven-car trains run on the Newark-to-World Trade Center line; and $549 million to maintain and upgrade existing PATH infrastructure in a state of good repair.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “There’s no question that PATH continues to be a critical lifeline for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters traveling between New York and New Jersey. With expected substantial increases in PATH ridership, we recently decided to make a historic investment of $3.3 billion to completely overhaul the PATH system. These investments will increase access to the region’s economic core for decades to come.” Port Authority Executive Director Anthony Shorris said, “The PATH system connects workers with jobs; it’s elemental - a crucial part of the region’s economic DNA. And if we want to keep both that economy and our environment vital for another generation, mass transit has to be at the top of our agenda. We’ve got to get people out of cars and onto trains and buses. That’s why we’re investing to make PATH the answer for even more riders, with clean, comfortable cars full of amenities, expanded and renovated stations, and new monthly passes to make life easier for commuters. It’s all a part of the almost $8 billion we’ve dedicated in our 10-year capital plan to improve and expand mass transit in our region.” Port Authority First Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “Our $3.3 billion investment in PATH is the largest investment in the system’s history. New cars, modern stations, and extended trains will not only provide increased capacity, but will also ensure a safe rail transit system to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
U. S. Senator Robert Menendez said, “I am pleased that the Port Authority is able to enhance its services while keeping fares affordable for working families. Investing in mass transit reduces traffic congestion, saves energy and benefits the environment, protecting it for future generations.” New Jersey state Assemblyman Vincent Prieto said, “There’s no question that one of the most difficult challenges we face in this state is reducing congestion on our local roads and highways and finding better ways for our citizens to travel to work, school or other destinations. By making multibillion dollar investments in mass transit - including these new PATH cars and a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson - we will go a long way to greatly improve the commute for our residents for generations to come.” Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Everywhere Mark French said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with PATH, and to provide relevant and entertaining content to passengers as they make their daily commute. In addition, through our sales partnership, we can work with our clients to deliver their messages to a highly engaged, targeted and captive audience. This is a fantastic addition to our existing portfolio of New York-based out-of home-platforms, which include screens in taxis, Times Square, supermarkets, sports arenas, universities and gyms.”