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Port Authority: Exchange Place PATH Station Escalators Will Be Ready By Evening Rush

Escalators at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City - Jan. 7, 2013 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Escalators at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City – Jan. 7, 2013 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - All of the escalators were offline Tuesday morning at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City one day after one of them suddenly reversed direction and five people were injured.

The Port Authority is examining all the PATH escalators with an eye towards damage from superstorm Sandy.

At around noon, the Port Authority told CBS 2 they expect the escalators at the station to be back in working order in time for the evening commute.

This morning, commuters shuffled side by side up and down alongside the silent and still escalators.

Among them was Mike Stevens, a recent hip replacement patient, with his cane.

“Going down is one way. Coming back’s another animal,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

“This afternoon it’ll be the elevator?” asked Murnane.

“Yeah. I have no choice on that one,” Steven said.

PATH personnel were on the job early Tuesday with directions to nearby elevators. Said one, “Things break.”