JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — PATH train riders had to scramble to find another way to get home Tuesday, as service from Hoboken and Jersey City to New York remained suspended through the evening rush hour due to power cable issues.
The Port Authority said Tuesday evening that crews hope service will be restored by the time of the Wednesday morning rush hour, but conceded that it may not be. Commuters were advised to make alternate plans in case the outage continued Wednesday morning.READ MORE: Attorney Says Current Whereabouts Of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's Fiancé, Are Unknown
PATH crews were to work through the night to restore service, the Port Authority said in a news release.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, the gates were down, and trains were nowhere to be found at the 33rd Street PATH station Tuesday afternoon because of cable problems. Bright orange paperboard signs were mounted on the shuttered roll-down gates reading: “PATH station temporarily closed due to Service Disruption. Do not enter.”
“It’s crazy. I’m from Newark. I’ve never been here before,” said Lilly Furquan. “This is like an adventure for me.”
Commuter Patricia Kyle said the PATH is usually “quick” and “reliable,” but lately it has been just the opposite.
PATH service was suspended through the evening rush from Hoboken to 33rd Street and Journal Square to 33rd Street due to “power cable issues,” leaving thousands of riders trying to find a way back across the Hudson River.
Both lines carry approximately 130,000 weekday riders (or trips), according to the Port Authority.
Smartphones were not useful in directing people on finding the way to go, so commuters got directions the old-fashioned way. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told people they had to go to Penn Station, or schlep down to the World Trade Center station on the E Train and take the PATH from there.
“At least we know what to do instead of just standing here twiddling our thumbs,” said commuter Rob McPhaul.
But getting directions to go elsewhere was not enough to assuage commuters’ annoyance.
“This is unbelievable,” said commuter Alphonse Van Woerkom. “because Sunday, it took me two and a half hours to get to back Jersey City from Manhattan.”
Sunday is when all this trouble actually began. The problems stem from a fire that broke out in a PATH tunnel that afternoon at 19th Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea, the Port Authority said.