PATH ridership to the newly opened temporary station at
Ground Zero has soared to nearly 30,000 on weekdays, Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said.
When service resumed in
November, Port Authority officials said they expected
ridership - which had exceeded 65,000 on weekdays before
the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks - would reach 20,000 at
the end of the first year.
But it hit that level on
the first weekday, they said.
In December, average
weekday ridership was 24,000. From Jan. 5 to Jan. 9,
ridership averaged more than 28,000, topping 29,000 on two
days, officials said.
indicates why it was important to open the station as
quickly as possible," said Greg Trevor, a spokesman
for the Port Authority.