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 Ridership up at Ground Zero PATH station

 Friday, January 16, 2004 Newhouse News Service

Daily 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.

"This clearly indicates why it was important to open the station as quickly as possible," said Greg Trevor, a spokesman for the Port Authority.

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