Longer trains come with the arrival of the first 72 new PATH train cars

Longer trains come with the arrival of the first 72 new PATH train cars

The first of 72 new blue and silver train cars — ordered in 2017 and 2018 and part of a fleet that makes longer trains possible — arrived at Newark Harbor on Sunday, as more workers resume returning to offices.

The first two vehicles were offloaded after being transported by ship from Japan and transported by truck to the Junkers facility in Kawasaki, New York, for completion of work and testing. Officials said the new vehicles will increase the existing fleet of PA-5 vehicles by 20%.

After completion and testing at the Yonkers plant, the cars will be loaded onto flatbed trucks and transported to the rail yard in Harrison and ready to enter revenue service, PATH spokesman Scott Ladd said.

The added cars will allow PATH to operate longer nine-car trains on the Newark-World Trade Center line in conjunction with a project to lengthen platforms at five stations in New Jersey, expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Both are part of a larger PATH improvement plan that has been announced. It has a value of US$1 billion as of June 20, 2019.

Currently, the stations on the line can only accommodate 8 wagon trains.

PATH officials authorized a two-stage purchase of 50 new cars in 2017 for $150 million and another 22 in 2018 for $22 million from Kawasaki, which made the original PA-5 vehicles. Delivery was originally supposed to start in the spring of 2021, but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional cars are arriving as more people return to work in Manhattan offices, according to a Partnership for New York survey.

By mid-September, 49% of office workers in Manhattan were in the workplace on average weekdays, up from 38% in April, according to the survey. She added that only 9% of employees work from the office five days a week.

The survey said the proportion of completely remote office workers fell from 28% in April to 16% as of mid-September. Return to work rates are expected to increase gradually through the end of 2022, with 54% of office workers on an average weekday by January 2023, according to the survey.

After the Labor Day holiday, some financial companies and banks on Wall Street have asked for employees to work on mixed schedules between home and work To spend more days in offices, Reuters reported.

Despite the slow return of PATH passengers on weekdays, passenger traffic has reached pre-pandemic levels at the Hudson River crossings and average morning delays ranged from 46 to 60 minutes, which could prompt drivers to consider a different situation.

“This initial batch of (PATH) vehicles represents another step in the Port Authority’s $1 billion investment in PATH to improve the comfort, convenience and reliability of the system for passengers,” said Kevin O’Toole, Chairman of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. , in the current situation.

Delivery of the new fleet of 72 cars will continue over the next 18 months. This coincides with an ongoing program to rebuild 350 of PATH’s 10- to 11-year fleet of PA-5 railcars for $79 million, which is being implemented to improve reliability.

“We are fully committed to increasing capacity and modernizing our assets and facilities to meet the day-to-day needs of our passengers, for a safer and more efficient travel experience. It’s job one,” said Clarell Degraaf, Director of PATH.

“The commencement of deliveries of these new vehicles is a milestone in our strategy to achieve these goals.”

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Larry Higgs can be reached at lhiggs@njadvancemedia.com.

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