Path Train Closures 2018 What It Really Means
UPDATED: 6/29/2018 - MTA Path released the actual schedule with detailed maps. They have been handing them out at the path stations during peak hours. I also scoured the website for the PDF so you can see how this will affect you.
The Jersey Journal, through NJ.COM, came out with an article detailing the summer to fall closures of the PATH Train. However, it is so confusing and even after reading it four times, we said WTF-mate? So, we are breaking down what closures mean and what you can do to make your life easier.
The biggest impact is to those who take the Hoboken to 33rd PATH line on the weekends. If you remember, the path had similar closures in 2016. This was for the first phase of PTC implementation, primarily for initial equipment and signal installation.
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Why the second set of closures? To continue and finish the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC).
What is PTC?
From the Federal Railroad Administration, “PTC uses communication-based/processor-based train control technology that provides a system capable of reliably and functionally preventing train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and the movement of a train through a main line switch in the wrong position.
In late 2015, Congress extended the deadline by at least three years to December 31, 2018, with the possibility of an extension to a date no later than December 31, 2020, if a railroad completes certain statutory requirements that are necessary to obtain an extension. The legislation, the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015, required that railroads submit a revised PTC Implementation Plan (PTCIP) by January 27, 2016, outlining when and how the railroad would have a system fully installed and activated.”
WEEKEND CLOSURE DETAILS:
17 weeks starting from May 19 to October 28th there will be some kind of weekend disruption.
Exchange Place - Closed May 19
World Trade Center - Closed July 6-9
Hoboken to 33rd will not run July 14 - October 28
The station will still be open during the weekends.
Service will still be running to JSQ and WTC.
There won’t be direct service to WTC on Sundays - Take the train to JSQ and transfer at Grove (ugh).
The closures will run each weekend from 11:59 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. the following Monday.
They will not be in effect on Labor Day.
PATH is working with the MTA to provide free two-trip MetroCards for travelers affected by the closures. Customers will be able to pick up the two-trip cards at designated points from PATH ambassadors. The special MetroCards, which can be used only during the weekend they were issued, will replace the shuttle buses PATH operated during a similar set of closures in 2016.
This article is a further breakdown of the article from the Jersey Journal. We hope it provides some clarity and as we get closer more clarity will be provided by MTA/PATH.