NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority wants to show its appreciation for customers who went without Hoboken PATH service after Superstorm Sandy by providing 30 days of free service for residents with registered 30-day SmartLink cards.

The Hoboken station reopened last week after crews worked around the clock for nearly seven weeks to repair damage caused by the storm. Over 10 million gallons of water flooded the station during Sandy.

“We truly understand the extreme difficulties that closure of the Hoboken station put on our loyal resident riders,’’ Stephen Kingsberry, PATH’s acting director and general manager, said in a statement.

As a thank you to riders, the Port Authority will automatically add a free SmartLink 30-day pass to the cards of Hoboken residents who were previously registered SmartLink customers with 30-day passes.

“We hope these residents understand the extraordinary efforts PATH workers and contractors made to reopen the station and will accept this free month as a sign of our appreciation for your patience,” Kingsberry said.

Crews are still working to restore service from Hoboken to the World Trade Center.

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