PATH Updates

10/3/2008:

New PATH train spotted in Hoboken!

Hoboken411 reader Chris sent this picture in (taken by his wife last night):

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1/23/2008 Update:

Here’s a story from 1010wins regarding progress on the shiny new PATH cars. Joy.

See original story from February 2007 after the jump. This is just a “maintenance update,” and nothing particularly groundbreaking.

Port Authority Reveals New PATH Trains with TVs

hoboken-new-path-cars.jpgNew PATH cars coming by year’s end will be brighter, have more poles to hold on to, offer three doors instead of two and display more high tech gadgets than the four-decades old cars they’re replacing.

Commuters will notice four sets of two video monitors on each car to show announcements, news, weather and sports programs from WNBC. NBC Universal is spending about $15 million to install the monitors, at no cost to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the train system connecting New York and New Jersey.

The cars also will feature screens that alert commuters about the next station, and surveillance cameras monitored by PATH police.

“These cars are loaded with a thousand cool technologies,” Anthony Shorris, executive director of the Port Authority, said Tuesday at a PATH maintenance facility in Harrison where the new cars were shown off.

Read the rest after the jump…

Conductors can guide the trains through touch screens, an upgrade from the current cars which don’t even have speedometers, said project manager Douglas Driesbach.

The first new trains, made by Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., will be phased in at the end of the year, part of agency’s 10-year, $3.3 billion investment in the train system.

The existing 340-car fleet will be replaced, and up to 119 new cars will be added. All the old cars, most of which are about 45 years old, will be replaced by 2011. Each new car costs about $1.3 million.

hoboken-new-path-cars-2.jpgThe cars aren’t the only improvements. PATH’s signal system will be modernized at a cost of $390 million and will reduce the wait time between trains.

The agency will also spend $659 million to upgrade its 13 stations. New platforms at the Harrison and Grove Street stations will accommodate longer trains on the Newark-to-World Trade Center line.

If the PATH service is better, then the agency hopes to convince more drivers to abandon their cars and take mass transit to lessen the environmental effect of car emissions, Shorris said.

About 242,000 trips are taken daily on the system, which links Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark to stops in lower and midtown Manhattan on three lines.

The improvements mark the first major overhaul PATH since the Port Authority acquired it from the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad in 1962.

Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority, said at the time the private company was bankrupt, “an albatross no one really wanted,” he said. Now, the bistate agency is trying to revolutionize the way commuters use mass transit, he said.

See original story, including some PATH “terror study” stuff council members Russo and Castellano had requested.. and hadn’t heard anything about in a while… after the jump.

2/13/2007:
Here’s a couple tidbits regarding the PATH train many of you use to commute to work, go shopping or enjoy the NYC cultural scene.

new-path-cars.gifA project to build new PATH cars starts next year, expected to be completed in 2011.

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) was established in 1962 as a subsidiary of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The heavy rail transit system serves as the primary transit link between Manhattan and neighboring New Jersey urban communities and suburban railroads. PATH presently carries 215,115 passengers each weekday. This volume is expected to continue to increase with the anticipated growth in regional residential, commercial and business development. The annual passenger trips for 2005 were 60.7 million.

Additionally, back in December of last year Hoboken Council members Theresa Castellano and Michael Russo prepared a letter regarding potential terrorist attacks (they spelled it wrong) on the PATH train. Has anyone heard anything about this report that they requested?

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114 Comments on "PATH Updates"


HomeTeam
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HomeTeam
7 years 5 months ago

Ha! Yeah, the floors were absolutely filthy for “new” trains.

There are fewer comfortable places to stand as they removed all the reading “nooks.”

The ride is smoother, BUT the trade off for all the automated stuff is that the trains run much slower. The slow down happen during the overly long announcements of the next station and that the doors are closing.

LttlMichey
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LttlMichey
7 years 5 months ago

I rode in the new PATH train this morning to 33rd Street. The main thing I noticed was that the ride was smoother than normal. It was also nice to have the displays in the trains with the time. But other than that, the trains were just as packed as always. Also, somehow the floor was already dirty. Not quite sure how that happened already.

Furey
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7 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”148557″][quote comment=”148554″]Spotted a new PATH car this morning at 7:45am at 33rd Street headed to Hoboken. No riders on the train, but it looked fully in service (no plastic covering seats) and appeared to be doing test runs. Looked really nice.[/quote]
I rode in one yesterday, it was the 33rd via Hoboken train. It’s nicer, but nothing groundbreaking, looked similar to E line trains.[/quote]

Yes, but when compared to the PATH fleet that’s when your eyes pop out. They are modeled after the NYC Subway fleet.

Tiger
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Tiger
7 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”148554″]Spotted a new PATH car this morning at 7:45am at 33rd Street headed to Hoboken. No riders on the train, but it looked fully in service (no plastic covering seats) and appeared to be doing test runs. Looked really nice.[/quote]
I rode in one yesterday, it was the 33rd via Hoboken train. It’s nicer, but nothing groundbreaking, looked similar to E line trains.

Furey
Member
7 years 5 months ago

Spotted a new PATH car this morning at 7:45am at 33rd Street headed to Hoboken. No riders on the train, but it looked fully in service (no plastic covering seats) and appeared to be doing test runs. Looked really nice.

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