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Monday, February 10, 2014    

PATH aims to complete PTC project on time

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) system is aiming to become one of the first U.S. mass-transit rail systems to meet the federal government's December 2015 deadline for implementation of positive train control (PTC), agency officials announced last week.

The railroad's PTC project — which also will ensure time for other critical work like continued post-Hurricane Sandy cleanup and security improvements — will require the closure of the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations for up to 45 weekends, excluding major holidays, through the remainder of 2014 and possibly early 2015, PATH officials said in a press release.

Similar work and closures will be necessary on tunnels under the Hudson River that serve PATH's uptown 33rd Street line in 2015. Work and closures will begin Feb. 14.

The PTC improvements are part of a $580 million, comprehensive signals modernization program designed to replace PATH's antiquated mechanical train controls with state-of-the-art computerized signals. The new signal system also will ultimately improve service for riders by enabling more frequent service in the future, PATH officials said.

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