Here we go again. The Port Authority today announced that weekend PATH service on the 33rd street line will be suspended from August 2016 through December 2016.
The weekend closures will impact the Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd street stations from Saturday at 12.01am through Monday at 5.am. (The 33rd street line will resume service Mondays at 5am).
The line is being suspended as part of a federally-mandated safety initiative to install a new signal system. Essentially, the same reason the PATH suspended the WTC line a few summers ago.
There is some good news to share. First, shuttle buses will be provided, making stops between the WTC and 29th street along 6th and 7th avenues. No more details were revealed about the shuttle buses, but expect more info to come very soon.
Also, in addition to the regular WTC – NWK line (which is likely to get slammed with weekend commuters), PATH will also run service between Hoboken and WTC on weekends — a line which normally runs on weekdays only.
Not to end on a sour note, but it also appears more closures are expected next year. The PA, which recently blamed city officials for the surge in PATH ridership, mentioned that “additional weekend closures on the system will be necessary next year on a schedule to be announced.” —Port Authority