Friday, July 10, 2009

PATH marks official debut of new PA-5 cars

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine joined Port Authority of New York & New Jersey officials July 10, 2009, in marking the official launch of PATH’s PA-5 fleet. PATH scheduled ceremonies at PATH’s hub at Journal Square in Jersey City, N.J., subsequently offering a ceremonial PA-5 consist from Journal Square to Hoboken, N.J.

All 340 PA-5 cars are expected to be in service by 2011, replacing existing PA-2, PA-3, and PA-4 cars currently in service. PATH awarded a contract in April 2005 to Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., for the new cars now being placed in service. Kawasaki’s Yonkers, N.Y., assembly plant is involved in the manufacture of the fleet.

Delivery to PATH began in the latter half of 2008, and a small number of PA-5 cars have been running during the first half of 2009 in revenue test operations throughout the bistate system.