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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:02 PM

PATH Officials: Several More Weeks Before Hoboken Service Is Back


PATH train service in and out of Hoboken, New Jersey, remains suspended leaving commuters with options like pricier ferry trips or longer bus rides to get into Manhattan. Nearly a month after Sandy, Port Authority officials who operate the PATH Train system brought reporters down into a tunnel below Hoboken on Tuesday to see just why the repairs are taking so long.

Officials said the whole PATH train system suffered $300 million dollars worth of damage. They predicted it will be several more weeks before the Hoboken station reopens.

Huge spools of cable were sitting on flatbed cars where the PATH train would normally be. The turnstiles and vending machines were covered in clear, plastic tarps. The Hoboken station is currently an active construction site. So PATH officials began with a safety briefing and distributed hard hats and neon vests.

Before leading reporters nearly a quarter mile into one of the damaged tunnels, Stephen Kingsberry, acting PATH Train System director, pointed to a display of photographs from the storm. One showed water rushing down a set of steps even though a pressurized flood gate appeared to be in place. ........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://transportationnation.org/2012/11/28/path-officials-several-more-weeks-before-hoboken-service-is-back/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:04 PM

1. This has really tied up a lot of my friends. I hope they get this done soon.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:27 PM

2. You can take the PATH at Newport in Jersey City

 

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but not after 10:00 PM. Exchange Place in Jersey City is now gutted.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:30 PM

3. The government should pay the difference..

 

Or should force people lucky enough to live in a place with service to temporarily pay higher prices to offer partial compensation to the people who are screwed.

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Response to leftlibdem420 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:55 AM

4. Well, the money kind of got spent.

 

The Port Authority’s Cloudy Future

The transportation agency has mortgaged itself to the hilt to rebuild the World Trade Center, leaving few resources for its real mission.



By Nicole Gelinas
City Journal

New Yorkers have watched One World Trade Center gradually define the downtown skyline. The massive glass-and-steel building should reach its full height and be ready for tenants within 18 months. But to those tenants, One World Trade may come to symbolize not victory over terror but rather their own miserable commutes. Most of the white-collar workers who will stream into the tower depend on subways, buses, tunnels, and bridges to get to Manhattan. And over the past decade, the government agency in charge of much of the region’s transportation—the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey —has neglected that core responsibility in favor of rebuilding lower Manhattan.

The good news is that the World Trade Center project (technically, the first big phase of a larger, two-phase plan) is closer to completion than to commencement. Over the past three years, not only has the $3.9 billion One World Trade Center (known in the planning stages as the Freedom Tower) risen ever higher; other projects have taken shape downtown as well, including a $3.7 billion train hub, a vehicle security center to receive the trucks that will serve the new office towers, and a remade streetscape. Even a long-running dispute over who will run the 9/11 memorial and museum at the site has been solved.

Unfortunately, the Port Authority has barely begun to pay for all this rebuilding. Its share of the bill comes to $7.7 billion, which it has borrowed. And to repay that massive debt, the agency will have to divert toll revenue from bridges and tunnels and fee revenue from airports—money that won’t be available for the transportation projects that New York badly needs.

In the early twentieth century, editorialists, public officials, and good-government advocates fretted that New York’s port, facing competition from as far away as New Orleans, wasn’t reaching its potential. The chief culprit: bickering between New York and New Jersey. New York had the piers to receive ships, and New Jersey had the railways to move the ships’ cargo, but the two sides could never agree about how to invest in port assets. In early 1920, New York governor Al Smith urged lawmakers to do something. “Port development is critical,” he said. “It affects the cost of living; it affects the cost of doing business.” The New York Times agreed, arguing that “the port is a national interest, and it is economically wicked to divide it between New York and New Jersey.”

More: http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_4_port-authority.html

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