Port Authority Could Soon Study Feasibility of Marion PATH Station in Jersey City

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Credit: Port Authority of NY & NJ

A report gauging the viability of a new transit station on Jersey City’s west side could come out sometime next year if the city council acts to approve a legal settlement on this week’s agenda.

Earlier this year, the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to settle their 2014 dispute over unpaid taxes. The biggest part of the settlement involves the Port Authority making certain payments to Jersey City for outstanding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (or PILOTs) going back to the 2014 tax year and entering into a new PILOT Agreement for properties they own.


A significant part of the deal involves the Jersey City Powerhouse, which would be deeded over to the city under the agreement. And while Downtown’s neighborhoods would benefit from that possibility, the Marion section of the city could see a long-dreamed possibility come true if the council’s ordinance is moved forward.

Per the settlement agreement, the Port Authority would “perform a study examining operational, technical, legal, economic and other relevant considerations relating to the feasibility of potential construction and use of a PATH station in the Marion section of the City.” The train system’s tracks already run through a chunk of the neighborhood, meaning it’s very possible that only a station would need to be built.


The settlement stipulates that a report detailing the conclusions of the PATH Study “shall be provided to Jersey City within one year” of when the council approves to deal. While the study would be guaranteed pending approval, nothing in the agreement or in the PATH study “shall be construed to require the Port Authority and/or PATH to construct and/or operate a PATH station in the Marion section of Jersey City.”

The Marion section is home to cultural institutions like Mana Contemporary and several major projects are approved in the area. A new PATH station would undeniably be a boon to the neighborhood, whose residents currently must walk all the way to Journal Square to hook up with the train system.

The Port Authority settlement ordinance was initially scheduled to be heard during the council’s November 7 meeting, but it was carried and is now up for first reading on November 20. If advanced, the council could vote to finalize the settlement on December 19, meaning the Marion study should be completed by the Port Authority and released sometime in 2019.

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  1. This would be a huge boost for the Marion section. The neighborhood is zoned for major residential development and the buildings along the tracts are primarily destitute commercial buildings that could be replaced with large condos or multifamily helping add some much needed housing supply. A Path stop in the area would create an influx of investment to build. Very unique to add an additional stop above ground vastly reducing the cost as well.

    • it would be a huge boost for real estate trolls not for Jersey City residents, they will be displaced. PATH is already at capacity. Since when did investment portfolios come before basic urban planning?

  2. The PATH is at capacity. Any new stations, including the plan to extend to EWR are just a grab for more fare revenue, while reliability of the service is failing.

  3. Another station anywhere else is not feasible. Also any new capacity will be negatable. The people that will use it are already in the system.

  4. Station in Marion will not happen. Would be far better to run a new branch of the light rail up the Sixth Street Embankment, then to JSQ then on to a stop in Marion, then on to the Lautenberg Station in Secaucus, with possible future extension to Kearny and/or the Harmon Meadow station which lost NJT service a few years ago.

  5. The Marion neighborhood could surely use a PATH station as this section of the City is hugely devoid of much resources altogether. While talks of capacity may be brought up, the issue of accessibility need to be addressed to. Based on the NJ Transit Map, most of, if not the entire, Marion neighborhood is destitute of bus stops (and no bus routes) in any of the major vessels of this section (i.e. Broadway leading to JSQ, SIP avenue leading towards JSQ, or Pavonia leading towards JSQ).

    A PATH Station in the Marion Neighborhood can benefit all of the members of this community by giving them more access to a system that is already being utilized by hundreds of thousands.

    With the current developments planned in this neighborhood, population density will continue to increase. This is inevitable for pretty much all of Jersey City. Rather than avoid placing a PATH Station in this section due to capacity problems, we should go ahead and approve the PATH Station first. Once the PATH Station is approved, the State and City should then work towards determining better flow patterns and means of expansion / improvement to work around the capacity problem. Infrastructure challenges should be met head on rather than avoid the accessibility component for which our city is currently progressing.

    Consequently, I await the hopefully positive results of the study and wish that this prospective opportunity for the Marion neighborhood isn’t simply kept a “prospect”. The Marion neighborhood needs this.

  6. The current system can’t handle anymore rushhour riders. The End. How is this even a conversation? Does the Port Authority not see riders already having to wait for 2-3 trains to go by before they can even get board a train.

  7. I’m sorry but why are JC & Hoboken the only town’s to get PATH access? Especially Hoboken— town with a population under 60K whereas Weehawken/Union City, North bergen etc are essentially cut off from
    PATH? Who’s smart idea was it to create a light rail that does not connect directly into the PATH? Am I the only one scratching my head by this?

    • Ro and Dan: For history sake, when the PATH was then known as the H&MRR, there WERE plans to bring the train to Communipaw Junction: I know for a fact because I study maps and draw maps as for a hobby to give my hands something to do (I developed this trait from my father, along with music too!); before the Hudson Bergen LRT was even heard of, I always imagined PATH trains running along the freight railroad corridor next to State Highway 169/440 to Bayonne because I used to transport cars for a living and take my lunch breaks at various locations across the metropolitan area before heading towards the airport to meet up with the other co-workers; many recent years later, someone had a bright[?] idea to bring either PATH or HBLRT over the Bayonne Bridge into Staten Island either by JFK Boulevard or private right of way rail corridor . . . .sad to say, as long as we must pray for our government leaders to do the right thing, then poli’tricks’ takes over, and then comes the compromises (when the swearing in takes place, notice how highpitched the voice goes when saying “So help me Godddd…!”, You’ll know they’re going to screw up with intent), transit developments will never get off the ground with any good start-especially in the NY/NJ metropolitan area: look at London, and how they support rail culture in spite of costs and their poli’tricks’, we haven’t even finished the 2 Avenue subway into its original configuration (Hanover Square to The Bronx via East Harlem), instead America supports Condominium/Car/Airplane/Gentrification culture and calling it Christlikemindedness, and when it DOES come to transit, only the commuter railroads get the attention they’ve been getting for the umpteenth time, no wonder the rail transit advocates and fans are increasing their population in numbers where noticeable, and imaginations run very high (i.e.you should see the portfolios in my storage unit, loaded with drawings from the reality I see every day based especially on would have’s and if only’s, and I could have been a full fledged Cartographer with a little bit of [working for] a transit agency on the side (both me and my now late father [1936-2014]).

      Ken

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