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Officials Call On Port Authority Not
To Eliminate Overnight PATH Service 

More than a dozen federal, state and local elected officials, as well as labor advocates,
joined Mayor Steven Fulop at a press conference on Monday, 1/5, calling on the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey to withdraw their proposal to eliminate overnight
PATH service.

"The fact is that is going to have a huge impact on working families who rely
 on this service,” said Mayor Fulop. “Whether it is nights, weekdays, or weekends,
New Jersey’s future economic growth relies on an increase in mass transportation
and PATH service, not a decrease. Instead of reducing operating hours, the
Port Authority should be finding ways to add and improve service.”

The PATH train system connects New York City with Jersey City, Newark, Harrison
and Hoboken and has averaged 73 million annual riders over the past five years,
making it one of the most-used systems in the country.

“The notion of using Port Authority reform as a ‘Trojan Horse’ for transit cutbacks
is ill conceived,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “More than anywhere else in
the nation, our region depends on transit for our economic viability and quality of life.
As long as the Port Authority is going to charge New Jerseyans $14 to cross its bridges
and tunnels, a viable transit alternative is essential.”

“The 8th Congressional District contains the majority of Port Authority managed
properties all of which are used 24 hours a day by hard working New Jersey
residents,” said Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ8). “I am extremely concerned with
the report presented to Governors Christie and Cuomo by the special panel of
board members of PANYNJ to privatize PATH and suspend overnight services.
As a member of the U.S. House Transportation committee, I will work with the local,
county, State elected officials and my colleagues in Washington to ensure that the
recommendations concerning PATH operations mentioned in the report to
Governors Christie and Cuomo 
do not take place.” 

“Port Authority reform was never about cutting rail service for the
hard-working people of Hudson County and this region,” said Assembly
Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32). “It was about bringing more transparency
and accountability to this troubled agency that for far too long has caused headaches
for area commuters. I will not stand idle and let the Port Authoritycut needed
services and inconvenience residents and hurt businesses.”

“We have more than $2 billion worth of economic development in the pipeline, ranging 
from the new Prudential skyscrapers in our downtown to new homesin all of our
neighborhoods, and residents and workers will be harshly impacted 
by this move,” 
said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “Vast numbers of Newark 
residents – late-shift workers,
night-shift workers, and college students, depend 
on PATH to get to and from jobs, classes,
and events. Closure of the PATH 
service at night will also have a terrible impact on Newark
Liberty International 
Airport and its passengers, which is very much a 24/7 facility, with
flying in and out from all across the world, at all hours, day and night.

“The terrible idea to cut overnight PATH service needs to be publicly withdrawn
from consideration immediately,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Even the
uncertainty that the Port Authority is not fully committed to 24/7 PATH service
puts New Jersey at a competitive disadvantage versus our neighbors across the river
who have 24/7 mass transit access within New York City. As a result, our State will
lose jobs, economic growth will be undermined, and taxpayers will bear the burden
of a significant loss of sales and income tax revenue.”



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