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Ruiz Applauds Port Authority Action to Advance PATH Extension

Ruiz Newark Penn

Will Provide Additional Transportation to Newark Airport, Economic Revitalization of South Ward & the City

TRENTON – Senator M. Teresa Ruiz applauded action taken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to advance the project to extend PATH from Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport and Newark’s South Ward, a project that will be an economic boon to the City of Newark. The Port Authority commissioners authorized $57 million for planning of the project at the board meeting yesterday.

 “Mass transportation is critical to the economy of our state and expanding the PATH to Newark airport will have a direct positive impact on the city and the region,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex). “This investment will provide a one-seat ride to Newark Airport from lower Manhattan, and will allow employees to commute to work on the PATH system. It will also help to fuel the revitalization of the South Ward where a new train stop will be located.

“I applaud New Jersey’s Port Authority commissioners for taking this vital step in the expansion of PATH,” Ruiz added. “I want to thank Port Authority Chairman Degnan for his leadership and for steering this through the process. I also want to thank Mayor Baraka for his support and ongoing work to advance the project to this point. This approval is a major step forward.”

The PATH Extension to Newark Airport will be the first expansion of the PATH system since the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad opened its Harrison Station in 1913. The $1.7 billion project includes an expansion of PATH to Newark Liberty International Airport and a train stop in the South Ward. It was part of the Port Authority’s $32 billion capital plan approved in February. The $57 million RFP is for the planning of the expansion.