Real-Time Train Arrival Screens, More Upgrades Coming to PATH System

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A PATH train at the World Trade Center station in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Andy Atzert/Flickr

An unprecedented building boom in Hudson County has caused some to sound the alarm about the need to upgrade the region’s mass transit network. Work has been underway for quite some time to modernize and add capacity to the PATH system and while some advancements are a ways off, a few new features will be coming to the system very soon.

The first new PATH perk is an obvious one. The Port Authority, who runs the system, unveiled its modern, glass-heavy station at Harrison late last month, which is scheduled to completely wrap up construction in June 2019. The $256 million station will eventually allow 10-car trains on the line for increased capacity but in the meantime, it gives riders a benefit that will soon be in every station on the system.

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Harrison is the first PATH station to have active real-time train arrivals displayed on newly-installed monitors. Other stops along the system will have the arrival times feature up and running in the near future, and the monitors that will display them have already been installed at stations in Journal Square, Grove Street, and Hoboken.

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Journal Square display for real-time PATH train arrivals. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Another technology upgrade just came to the PATH last week. The Port Authority announced that cellular phone service through T-Mobile and AT&T is now available in all of New York’s PATH stations, and stops on the Jersey side of the Hudson will be getting the service soon. Underground stations at Hoboken, Newport, Exchange Place, and Grove Street will be adding T-Mobile and AT&T cellular service within the next few weeks, while Verizon and Sprint are scheduled to add service in the stations during 2019.

Not all of the upgrades coming to PATH in 2019 will be as convenient in the short-term. While the 33rd Street line’s station closures due to Positive Train Control installation are officially in the rear view, the World Trade Center lines will be subject to weekend closures next year. Seven projects are planned to replace rails, wiring, cables, and equipment in tunnels between the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. A spokesperson for the Port Authority said no timeline has been announced for the work to commence, as the schedule is still being finalized.

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  1. Maybe PATH has 5% of the amount of stations as NYC Subway and they’re still half a decade behind the NYC Subway just installing basic cell phone towers. Seems pretty negligent considering um ya know 9/11 destroyed a PATH station, trapped hundreds, and flooded that PATH tunnels less than 20 years ago, but what does the PA care.
    Also, with the way JC is still being developed, and with PTC still a year away from finishing, and capacity for two more cars at Grove Street probably 5+ years away, the next year will most certainly break the horses back. Its probably going to have to take someone dying on a overcrowded train for anybody in power to start paying attention.

  2. Is there any building code in the world that would allow the uptown Manhattan stations to remain open? The lack of emergency exits and handicap accessibility don’t seem to be on the PA’s to do list.

  3. Jersey City’s massive development next to Hoboken already dumps thousands of their new residents into the Hoboken PATH Station, many jitney’ drop JC residents in Hoboken rather than JC’s clogging Hoboken’s already congested streets. Thousands more residential units will be massed along Jersey City’s border with Hoboken including two 50 story towers next to the Holland Tunnel and jamming a 13 story block long tower on to a narrow sliver of land on the Hoboken side of the tracks on Newark and Harrison Streets.

    Mayor Fulop’s aspirations for his own and Jersey City’s future needs to be balanced with being a good neighbor and building the infrastructure in Jersey City to handle their own growth. If not Jersey City, Hoboken and Hudson County will gridlock and everyone will pay the price.

  4. Jersey City’s massive development next to Hoboken already dumps thousands of their new residents into the Hoboken PATH Station, many jitney’ drop JC residents in Hoboken rather than JC’s clogging Hoboken’s already congested streets. Thousands more residential units will be massed along Jersey City’s border with Hoboken including two 50 story towers next to the Holland Tunnel and jamming a 13 story block long tower on to a narrow sliver of land on the Hoboken side of the tracks on Newark and Harrison Streets.

    Mayor Fulop’s aspirations for his own and Jersey City’s future needs to be balanced with being a good neighbor and building the infrastructure in Jersey City to handle their own growth. If not Jersey City, Hoboken and Hudson County will gridlock and everyone will pay the price.

  5. While these are improvements, we should acknowledge that properly funded and run rapid transit systems in Asia and Europe have had countdown clocks and cellular access for years, so we should be questioning why it’s taken so long for PATH to adopt these basic amenities. Also, they are window dressing compared to the much more fundamental needs to lengthen train platforms, add new train cars and increase frequencies to reduce overcrowding. Those much more difficult projects still seem to be many years off.

  6. Jersey City’s massive development next to Hoboken already dumps thousands of their new residents into the Hoboken PATH Station, many jitney’ drop JC residents in Hoboken rather than JC’s clogging Hoboken’s already congested streets. Thousands more residential units will be massed along Jersey City’s border with Hoboken including two 50 story towers next to the Holland Tunnel and jamming a 13 story block long tower on to a narrow sliver of land on the Hoboken side of the tracks on Newark and Harrison Streets.

    Mayor Fulop’s aspirations for his own and Jersey City’s future needs to be balanced with being a good neighbor and building the infrastructure in Jersey City to handle their own growth. If not Jersey City, Hoboken and Hudson County will gridlock and everyone will pay the price.

  7. Is there ever going to be a plan to extend the path in Hoboken? Hundreds of units are going up in Uptown Hoboken with few trans options to get to the already overcrowded Hoboken path. Why have we never seen information on studies to extend the path uptown? And what happened to the Mayor’s promise to bring ferry prices down and make it affordable?

  8. @Sara: I may just be uninformed, but I’ve never heard of even a conceptual plan to extend the PATH to uptown Hoboken. The only PATH extension even being considered right now is to Newark Airport.

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