Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Improvements spur PATH to ridership record

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The bistate, trans-Hudson PATH rail system rolled to a record ridership 76.6 million trips in 2011, an achievement that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey notes followed the investment of more than $1 billion in PATH during the past four years for new cars, station upgrades, and a new signal system.

The record ridership surpassed the previous record of 74.9 million trips in 2008 and represents a 3.65% increase compared with 2010.

Port Authority Chairman David Samson said, “Our multibillion-dollar commitment to transform PATH into a 21st century rail system has paid dividends. More people are taking notice of what PATH has to offer and are choosing it as their preferred mode of travel between New York and New Jersey.” He said 2011 was a significant year for the ongoing investment in PATH. In November, the the last of 340 new cars went into service, completing a three-year, $744 million program.

The installation of a computerized signal system continues, with signals being replaced throughout PATH’s 43 track miles and 13 stations. This $400 million upgrade will result in fewer PATH delays, and increased numbers of trains.