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.
The Long Beach Branch had be running via diesel trains since service resumed nearly two weeks ago. The resumption of electric service now means that all 11 LIRR branches are fully operational for the first time since Sandy hit, Gov. Cuomo said.
AAA forecasts that 43.6 million people will traveler for Thanksgiving nationwide — an uptick of less than one percent over last year with more than 90 percent getting to their destinations by car.
There are many basement apartments in Hoboken, and quite a few of them were fouled by sewage and river water as a result of superstorm Sandy.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the announcement Monday evening.
Trains will operate daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Journal Square and the 33rd Street in Manhattan. Stops will include Journal Square, Grove Street and Newport in New Jersey.
Commuters packed Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains. Many were so crowded, riders couldn’t even get out the door. Others had to push their way onto trains from the platform.
The PATH rail system has been suspended since before Sandy struck and when the storm did, a dramatic image was captured of floodwaters rushing into the Hoboken station. Now comes good news for trans-Hudson commuters.