World Trade Center PATH station will be closed on weekends for two years

The World Trade Center PATH station will be closed almost every weekend for the next two years, the Port Authority announced on Wednesday.

From January of 2019 through December of 2020, the station will be closed on all weekends except for holidays so that the Port Authority can replace equipment and rebuild tunnels that were badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“Superstorm Sandy devastated this region, causing unprecedented damage to the PATH rail system,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.

“PATH is a critical lifeline between New York and New Jersey and this investment is critical to keeping it operating safely and efficiently.”

For all of the affected weekends, the heavily-used station will close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays and reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, officials said.

The Port Authority waited until now to start Sandy repairs because it has been working on installing the federally-mandated safety measure Positive Train Control. The agency finished that last month.

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