The Port Authority's proposed plan to cut overnight service on the PATH is tabled. The news was announced earlier today by the PA itself which cut a hasty retreat after the initial plan was originally presented the weekend after Christmas.
Understandably, residents and local officials are jubilant with the announcement. Mayor Dawn Zimmer released a statement saying,
“I thank Chairman Degnan for listening to our voices and for taking the idea of PATH overnight service cuts off the table,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With 56% of Hoboken residents using public transportation to commute each day – the highest rate not just in the state, but in the nation – the success of our community and region is intrinsically linked to a robust mass transit system. Going forward, we should be focused on ideas to expand, not cut public transportation options within our region.”
The mayor was quickly joined by new Hoboken City Council President Ravi Bhalla who added:
"Like many Hoboken residents, I am very pleased with the Port Authority's decision to table a proposal that would have cut much-needed overnight PATH service. I want to thank Mayor Zimmer for her leadership and my council colleagues for standing together as one city in opposition to this proposal by unanimously passing a resolution last week opposing cuts in service. Thank you to Port Authority Board Chairman John Degnan for hearing and truly comprehending the serious concerns expressed by Hoboken residents regarding this proposal.
Hoboken is a city that depends upon reliable, consistent public transportation, and now that this proposal is off the table, we hope to move the conversation forward as to how we can expand and improve our existing transportation services, not scale them down."
As one can imagine, Hudson pols weighed in big on the retreat and are covered at length here.
State Senator Nick Sacco offered an interview with the Hudson County View's John Heinis on the subject of the day throughout Hudson County: