The approaching nor’easter that is poised to deal a potentially paralyzing blow to the Tri-State Area has local transit authorities making some changes and preparing their customers for the worst-case scenarios.
The resumption of the Hoboken to World Trade Center service means weekday PATH service has returned to its pre-Sandy schedule.
The line had been running weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate overnight work related to Superstorm Sandy.
There’s good news for those wanting to party the night away, or work late, in the city and then get home to New Jersey.
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.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that damage from Superstorm Sandy was responsible for the horrifying mishap.
Trains will operate from Newark to the World Trade Center site between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Port Authority will provide free shuttle buses at the Hoboken and Newport PATH stations.
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.
The agency said the 24-hour service will be in place for the holidays next week, “to help revelers and holiday travelers reach their destinations safely.”
After about six weeks, there is light at the end of the tunnel for residents of the “Mile Square City.”
Crews have been working around-the-clock to get the station back up and running since Superstorm Sandy hit nearly two months ago.
It will take two to three more months for NJ TRANSIT to make interim repairs to the substation that powers the Hoboken Terminal and its electric trains running on overhead wires.
The Port Authority said the move is designed to give crews 48-hours of uninterrupted time to work on the restoration of the Hoboken line.
When PATH rail service was restored after superstorm Sandy, it was not to the entire system. Given the flooding, most people seem understand that. But the service that was restored is only in operation from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PATH trains began running Monday at 5 a.m. between Newark, Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place in New Jersey and the World Trade Center in New York City.