Morning PATH troubles


Were any of you on the PATH train to NY that filled with smoke?

Several readers mentioned this rather unpleasant experience this morning. Nothing on the Port Authority website about it. Anyone else experience something similar on the 9am train?

One person said:
“Wondering if you’ve heard anything about the pipe burst in the Path tunnel this morning? I was on the Path around 9am when the tunnel started filling up with smoke, causing the Path cars to fill up with smoke as well. Needless to say, it was not a pleasant ride.”

While another wrote:
“I was riding the PATH to 33rd street this morning (train left at 9:00 or so) and the tunnel and the car filled with smoke. I was in the first car against the window looking down the tube, so I got a good look at the problem. It appears that some type of high pressure pipe had ruptured and was shooting the dust that has accumulated in the tunnel over the years all over the place. We inched through the dust cloud (the tunnel was pitch black and it got pretty thick in the car) and then went about our commute. Scary stuff, but ultimately not dangerous.”


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[quote comment=”60100″]Or maybe Teddy’s hitting the pipe in flammable areas.

You know Teddy couldn’t have hit the pipe – he’s in Aruba for winter break with the 50k tax-free money he earns per year during the rush hour commute.


Oh. Ah, it’s all about if you’re an ingress or egress.

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the better question would be regarding the difference between riders of the path to hoboken vs the path to JC…now that’s a lesson in anthropology.


[quote comment=”60134″]Is there a qualitative behavioural difference between PATH riders and BUS riders?[/quote]

PATH riders stand in the vehicle doorways, but they know that there is more than one. Therefore, they spread out and stand in every doorway that they can find.

By contrast, BUS riders know of only one door and insist on using it for both ingress and egress, regardless of how far back into the vehicle they were seated. This means that the back door remains unused, the front door gets choked with people both trying to come and go, and the bus takes longer to go up the street.

Additionally, PATH riders insist on trying to use the $1.50 single-serve turnstile and take forever to get into the system. This prevents people from being able to enter from behind the $1.50-cash person, but there are multiple turnstiles, so this is not so much of a problem.

By contrast, BUS riders get into the vehicle first, and then try to find their money. This is best accomplished when people are attempting simultaneous ingress and egress via the door that is immediately adjacent to the farebox. This BUS distinction gives the cash-person the ability to prevent all movement on the bus, or of the bus itself. It’s a subtle but significant difference.


Is there a qualitative behavioural difference between PATH riders and BUS riders?