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7/27/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

PATH on pace to set ridership record for second straight year


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From Jan. 1 through June 30, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's (PANYNJ) Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system was on pace to break last year's ridership record.

In the year’s first half, PATH trips "slightly exceeded" 39 million, up about 4 percent from 37.6 million trips logged in the same 2011 period, according to a prepared statement. That puts PATH ridership on track to exceed 78 million riders this year, an increase of about 8 percent since 2009.

Of PATH's 39 million riders during the year's first six months, 22 million — or 56 percent — boarded PATH trains at seven New Jersey stations, according to PANYNJ.

The increases come on the heels of more than $1 billion invested in the PATH system during the past four years.

"This continued record growth in ridership confirms our investment is working to attract millions of additional riders," said PANYNJ Chairman David Samson.


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