New York

PATH Reaches Record Ridership During Penn Station Repairs

The extensive track repairs at New York's Penn Station this summer have been a boon for one of the region's rail lines. 

While service on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit has been cut back due to the repairs, ridership on PATH service operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has soared. 

The Port Authority says average weekday PATH ridership reached 298,000 last month, nine percent over 2016 and the most since the agency took over the rail line in 1962. 

PATH trains are handling more than 22,000 more commuters in Hoboken and Jersey City whose New Jersey Transit trains are being diverted. 

Amtrak owns Penn Station and began weekday repairs after two derailments in the spring exposed aging equipment and infrastructure.

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