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PATH initiates two programs to solicit rider input on system improvements

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is calling for public participation in the system's transportation planning process through a new PATH Riders' Council and a revamped PATH Education Series.

The Riders' Council will promote inclusive public participation through a standing advisory group representing riders to give them a voice in system designs and operational decision-making, PATH officials said in a press release.

"By allowing the public a voice in PATH's operations, we can enhance the customer experience and make sure the system serves people's needs," said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye.

The council initially will operate under a one-year pilot program. After that, council membership is expected to be limited to one two-year term. The council will meet six times a year under the pilot period, which will include a focus on providing formal recommendations on the new council's structure and function.

PATH's new Public Education Series will consist of one-time lectures and presentations on key topics four times a year. The first session will be held this month by PATH Deputy Director Mike Marino, who will discuss post-Superstorm Sandy recovery and resiliency initiatives. The date, time and place for the presentation hasn't yet been determined, PATH officials said.

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