Newark–World Trade Center
|Newark–World Trade Center PATH|
A PA-5 in service on the NWK-WTC line.
|System||Port Authority Trans-Hudson|
|Locale||Newark / Hudson County, New Jersey and Manhattan, New York|
World Trade Center (east)
|Owner||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Operator(s)||Port Authority Trans-Hudson|
|Character||Elevated, surface and underground|
|Line length||8.9 miles (14.3 km)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The Newark–World Trade Center is a rapid transit service operated by the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). It is colored red on the PATH service map and trains on this service display red marker lights. This service operates from Pennsylvania Station in Newark, New Jersey, by way of the Downtown Hudson Tubes to the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York. Operating 24 hours a day, the 8.9-mile (14.3 km) trip takes 22 minutes to complete.
The Newark-World Trade Center service originated as the Park Place – Hudson Terminal service operated by the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (H&M). It operated between Park Place Station in Newark, New Jersey and Hudson Terminal in Manhattan, beginning in 1911. Park Place station was replaced by Newark Penn Station in 1937.
The H&M was succeeded by Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) in 1962. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began constructing the World Trade Center between 1966 and 1974, but opened World Trade Center Station in 1971.
When the World Trade Center station was destroyed in the September 11 attacks, which also required the closing of Exchange Place, service on this branch had to be changed. On weekdays, trains ran between Newark Penn Station and 33rd Street. On weekends, trains ran between Newark and Hoboken Terminal. During overnight hours daily, trains ran between Newark and 33rd Street via Hoboken and was the only branch operating on PATH during those times. When Exchange Place reopened on June 29, 2003, service ran between Newark and that station daily around the clock. Service to World Trade Center was restored on November 23 when the temporary station opened.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated the PATH system in October 2012, service on the line was suspended. For most of November, trains ran between Newark Penn Station and 33rd Street. Limited weekday-only service on the line was resumed on November 26, 2012, but full service would not be restored until early 2013.
Newark Airport Extension
On February 4, 2014, the Port Authority proposed a 10-year capital plan that included the PATH extension two miles (3.2 km) south of Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport station, after a nearly two-year study. and approval by Governor Chris Christie. The Board of Commissioners approved the Capital Plan, including the airport extension, on February 19, 2014. Plans include a planned $1.5 billion PATH extension to Newark Liberty International Airport. The alignment will follow the existing New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor Line approximately one mile further west to airport’s Rail Link Station, where a connection to AirTrain Newark is available.
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