Riders meet with PATH officials in Jersey City over weekend shutdowns

Port Authority officials held a meeting Tuesday inviting citizens to express their concerns about weekend shutdowns of the PATH rail to Exchange Place and World Trade Center. (2/18/14)

JERSEY CITY - Port Authority officials held a meeting Tuesday inviting citizens to express their concerns about weekend shutdowns of the PATH rail to Exchange Place and World Trade Center. 

Transit riders say the closures cut them off from jobs, school and many other things.

The Paulus Hook Association wants the Port Authority to make changes after only giving passengers a week's notice that the line would be shut down on weekends for the rest of 2014.    

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Jersey City residents rely heavily on the PATH, and many who work weekends in lower Manhattan and live along the Newark line in Harrison, Jersey City and Newark do not feel the agency gave passengers enough time to adjust. 

The group is arguing that it wants alternatives if the PATH rail system needs to make federally mandated line updates. 

Commuters say they want discounts on ferries and shuttles from Manhattan stops to WTC. 

Others are asking the Port Authority to eliminate the Hoboken stop from weekend service to 33rd Street, arguing the Hoboken stop adds a sizeable chunk of time to the commute. 

"The challenge is to take that information back and to figure out a way to either do it, or let them know why it can't possibly be done, says PATH Director Steven Kingsbury. "But what they've suggested is reasonable." 

The closures will have a major impact on the city of Harrison, home of Red Bulls Stadium, since fans take the PATH from WTC to the games, most of which are on the weekends.

About 8,000 to 11,000 people use the direct line to WTC on weekends.

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