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Unexpected PATH Closures

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - New Jersey PATH riders may want to pay close attention. The Port Authority just announced that they’re closing down the PATH line from Exchange Place to the World Trade Center on weekends for the next year starting this Friday.

The route closure is going to impact thousands of New Jerseyans, including those people who take this line from Newark, Harrison and everywhere in between. The Port Authority has come up with a relatively inconvenient alternative for riders affected by the service changes. Passengers are now advised to transfer at Exchange Place to the Light Rail, which will be cross-honoring tickets during the line closures, which brings you into Hoboken and then take the PATH from there to the WTC.

If you’re surprised to hear this news, then you are not alone. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop himself confirms that the Port Authority only notified him a week ago about the service changes.

“Jersey City has a historically strained relationship with the Port Authority that we’re trying to resolve right now,” Fulop admitted.

The Port Authority claims that the closure is needed to install federally mandated safety equipment on the PATH line.

Mayor Fulop says that these shutdowns are indicative of how the Port Authority treats its host cities. You may remember Fulop announced last year that the city is suing the Port Authority for $400 million in unpaid taxes.

Even in the whole bridgegate scandal Christie officials specifically mention Mayor Fulop and the PATH. Subpoenaed emails show one exchange between Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein that said, “I called you yesterday to talk PATH." Mayor Fulop however, doesn’t think this shutdown is related to bridgegate or has anything to do with political retribution.

Mayor Fulop says that as of now he still plans on filing that lawsuit for unpaid taxes and that the Port Authority needs to make some major changes.

“They need to change how they deal with their host cities from a compensation standpoint. They need to be paying their host cities a fair amount of money to compensate for the infrastructure burdens that we have,” he explained.


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