Friday, December 7, 2012

Free connections to Grove and Exchange Place for PATH on weekend

City of Hoboken announces:

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Community: Weekends: Free Shuttle Service to Grove St, Increased Light Rail Service + Cross-Honoring PATH Tickets to Exchange Pl

During weekends when the PATH to 33rd Street will be closed in order to speed up restoration of PATH service to Hoboken, the Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses from Hoboken to Grove Street and NJ Transit will increase weekend light rail service, which goes to Exchange Place, and will cross-honor PATH tickets on the light rail between Hoboken and Exchange Place. From Grove Street or Exchange Place, you can take the PATH which will run on weekends from Newark to the World Trade Center.

The full announcement from the Port Authority is below:


PORT AUTHORITY WILL PROVIDE FREE WEEKEND SHUTTLE BUSES AND NJ TRANSIT WILL ADD EXTRA LIGHT RAIL SERVICE TO HELP PROVIDE PATH CUSTOMERS WITH SERVICE TO MANHATTAN

Additional service will help get riders from Hoboken and Jersey City
to PATH stations with service to Manhattan

PATH riders who travel from the Hoboken and Newport stations to Manhattan on weekends will be able to take free shuttle buses to the Grove Street station or extra light rail service to the Exchange Place station this weekend and next while the Newark to 33rd PATH train line is closed for post Superstorm Sandy repairs.

The Port Authority is putting the additional transit alternatives in place to assist its customers while PATH crews work unimpeded on the Newark to 33rd Street line.

Providing crews with 48 hours of uninterrupted work time will shave as many as five or more days off the agency’s recovery timeline to restore service to Hoboken Station and 24-hour service to the overall system. The current nightly shutdowns between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. provide less than six hours of actual repair time once set-up and mandatory testing is taken into account.

PATH’s Newark Penn Station to World Trade Center train line—which includes stops at Grove Street and Exchange Place—will be operating this weekend (Dec.8-9) and next (Dec. 15-16) from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses at the Hoboken and Newport PATH stations, which will bring passengers to Grove Street, where they can access the Newark-WTC line. Alternatively, NJ TRANSIT will increase its weekend light rail service, which will bring riders to the Exchange Place PATH station, where they also can access the Newark-WTC line. NJ TRANSIT will honor PATH tickets on the light rail, so there will be no extra service costs for riders. Details on shuttle bus schedules, pickup locations and routes will be available later today.

Additionally, there will be extra Route 119 buses between Journal Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. this weekend and next.

Weekend PATH customers traveling between New Jersey and Manhattan can use the MTA’s subway lines near the World Trade Center PATH line for travel to Uptown Manhattan locations and back. Nearby subway lines include the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E and R trains.
The R train is at the Cortlandt Street station across Church Street from the World Trade Center. The A, C and E trains can be accessed at the Chambers Street Station, with various entrances along Church Street. The 2 and 3 lines are available just north of the WTC site at the Park Place Station at the intersection with Church Street. And the 1 line is available at Chambers and West Broadway.

Alternatively, NJ TRANSIT trains offer weekend Midtown service to New York Penn Station, while various bus lines also operate weekends between New Jersey and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Additionally, cross-Hudson River ferry service is available from New Jersey to Midtown on the city’s West Side. For example, Waterway operates ferry services from Weehawken, Hoboken/14th Street, and Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey to 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan on the weekends. Connecting shuttle bus service is available in Manhattan and New Jersey. For more information on schedules, visithttp://www.nywaterway.com/WeekendSchedule.aspx.
Additionally, Port Authority customer service representatives will be available at PATH stations during this weekend and next to help riders find their way with a minimum of inconvenience.