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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Port Authority (PANYNJ) officials late last week to mark progress on the construction of a new $256 million PATH station in Harrison, N.J.Slated for completion in 2017, the rail station will accommodate the area's growing residential and commercial ridership needs, and serve as a gateway to Red Bull Arena, PANYNJ officials said in a press release.The station also will allow for increased travel on the entire Newark-World Trade Center PATH line with the addition of longer platforms that can accommodate 10-car trains instead of the current eight-car limit, they said.The glass-and-steel transit facility, which replaces a Depression-era station, is part of the city of Harrison's ongoing renaissance project."This much-needed PATH project represents another positive step in making Harrison a vibrant, mixed-use commuter transit hub while spurring community revitalization, job creation and business investment in Harrison and the region," Christie said.Modernizing the 105-year-old PATH rail system between New Jersey and New York has been a priority in recent years, and replacing the Harrison station "is a cornerstone of our efforts," said PANYNJ Chairman David Samson.
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