PATH

PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) is an underground electric railroad linking Manhattan, New York with New Jersey, and providing service to Jersey City and Newark. It is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. While some PATH stations are adjacent to New York City subway stations, there are no free transfers, and the two systems are operated separately.

As of March 25, 2001 the following is the schedule of fares for the PATH High Speed Rail Service (for information on using MTA Metrocards on PATH see related article below):

  • One-Way $1.50 (Cash or MTA Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard / Quickcard not available for one-way trips / No discounts)
  • Roundtrip $3.00 (Cash, PATH Quickcard or MTA Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard / No discounts)
  • Eleven Trip $15.00 (PATH Quickcard Only / Fare discounted to $1.36 per trip)
  • Twenty Trip $24.00 (PATH Quickcard Only / Fare discounted to $1.20 per trip)
  • Forty Trip $48.00 (PATH Quickcard Only / Fare discounted to $1.20 per trip)
  • Senior Citizens $1.00 (Seniors age 65 and older must possess a PATH Senior Fare Card in order to pay the Senior Fare).

PATH operates 4 train services:

The World Trade Center station which is one of PATH's six New York terminals was destroyed on September 11, 2001 after terrorists crashed two hijacked airplanes into the North and South World Trade Center towers and the buildings collapsed. Just prior to the collape the station was closed and any waiting passengers that were in the station were evacuated by a train that was already inside of the terminal. PATH service to lower Manhattan was restored when a $323 Million Dollar temporary station was opened on November 23, 2003; the inaugural train was the same one that had been used for the evacuation. The new station still contains portions of the original station and it doesn't have any type of heating or air conditioning systems installed. The permanent World Trade Center PATH station is expected to be completed by 2006 at a cost of $2 Billion Dollars presumably paid for through insurance settlements relating to the events of September 11, 2001 and through taxpayers funds by the State of New York and the State of New Jersey.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York commenced a program in which the MTA's Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard would be valid for payment of fares on the PATH service. The program first began on November 23, 2003 at the temporary World Trade Center station in New York City, New York. It is expected to be fully implemented at all PATH stations by the end of 2004. Non Pay-Per-Ride Metrocards such as Monthly, Reduced Fares and Unlimited Ride cannot be used to pay for fares on the PATH system. It should be noted that PATH Quickcards are only valid on the PATH rail system, There is no plans to implement the use of the PATH Quickcard system at MTA owned stations.

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