Christopher Street station (PATH)

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Port Authority Trans-Hudson
Christopher Street
Christopher St PATH entry jeh.jpg
The elaborate station entrance as seen in 2008
Location Christopher and Hudson Streets
Manhattan, New York
Coordinates 40°44′01″N 74°00′25″W / 40.733602°N 74.006821°W / 40.733602; -74.006821Coordinates: 40°44′01″N 74°00′25″W / 40.733602°N 74.006821°W / 40.733602; -74.006821
Owned by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Line(s) PATH:
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections New York City Subway: NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg at Christopher Street – Sheridan Square
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M8, M20 NB on Hudson Street
History
Opened 1908
Electrified 600V (DC) Third Rail
Traffic
Passengers (2002) 2.701 million Increase 51%
Services
Preceding station   PATH logo.svg PATH   Following station
  Regular service  
Terminus
HOB–33
toward 33rd Street
JSQ–33
  Nights and weekends  
JSQ–33 (via HOB)
toward 33rd Street

Christopher Street is a PATH station. Opened on February 25, 1908, it is located on Christopher Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

History[edit]

The station opened on February 25, 1908.[1] It received a renovation in 1986, during which the station was closed completely for a period of time.[2]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the destruction of the vital World Trade Center PATH station, the Christopher Street station experienced serious overcrowding; in fact, the station became so busy that the Port Authority had to make it an exit-only station during the morning rush hour. The Port Authority planned to build a second entrance at Christopher and Bedford Street (a block and a half east of the current entrance), to ease overcrowding at the station, but local opposition effectively killed the project. Residents were concerned that the project would endanger the surrounding neighborhood's fragile historic buildings (through the vibrations that a major construction project would cause) and disrupt business and traffic in the Village.[3]

The Port Authority continues to look into the possibility of building a second entrance to service the 9th Street station, which is also opposed by some local residents. The effects of September 11 did not end quickly. In 2002, Christopher Street station was used by an average of 7,400 people per day, or about 2.701 million per year. This was more than twice as many as the 1.314 million passengers that used the station during 2001.

Station layout[edit]

Platform
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, one-way faregates
B2
Platform level
Southbound      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (Terminus)
     JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (Newport)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (Hoboken Terminal)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound      HOB–33 toward 33rd Street (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 toward 33rd Street (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward 33rd Street (9th Street)

The station entrance is in its own free-standing building, with a restored marquee displaying the original "Hudson Tunnels" name adorning the entranceway. Passengers descend a narrow stairway with a number of curves before arriving at the southwest end of the narrow center island platform.

Biff Elrod's mural "Ascent-Descent" (showing images of users of the PATH trains, ascending or descending the stairs) originally painted on site in August 1986 as a temporary installation for the Public Art Fund, and later purchased by PATH/Port Authority of NY&NJ, was restored in 1999 just before the incidents of 9/11.

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Trolley Tunnel Open to New Jersey". The New York Times. February 26, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved July 20, 2016. The natural barrier which has separated New York from New Jersey since those States came into existence was, figuratively speaking, wiped away at 3:40½ o'clock yesterday afternoon when the first of the two twin tubes of the McAdoo tunnel system was formally opened, thus linking Manhattan with Hoboken, and establishing a rapid transit service beneath the Hudson River. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Susan Heller; Dunlap, David W. (1986-05-27). "NEW YORK DAY BY DAY; PATH Recalls Early Years". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  3. ^ Amateau, Albert (October 22, 2003). "A change of course on PATH". The Villager. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 

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