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.

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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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15 COMMENTS

  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.

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