The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in the US has approved an award of $134.5m for two critical projects to replace aging substations that supply electrical power to the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system.
The allocation is part of the ongoing investment initiative to modernise the PATH line's aging infrastructure.
Port Authority chairman John Degnan said: “PATH's role in assisting NJ Transit customers during the summer track work outages at New York's Penn Station has once again shown PATH is a critical lifeline for millions of New York and New Jersey commuters travelling between the two states.
“Today's investments in the rail line's aging substation system will help power PATH's trains for decades to come and help accommodate the ever-growing numbers of customers travelling between New Jersey and New York.”
PATH Substation 7 in Jersey City and Substation 9 in Harrison will be replaced under the development. Both substations provide electric power to trains operating between Newark and Journal Square, and suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The new Substation 7 will be situated on a property purchased from Conrail in 2014, while Substation 9 will be located on a property acquired from PSE&G last year.
The substations will be situated several feet above FEMA flood elevation maps, complying with the Port Authority's climate resilience guidelines.
Both the existing substations will continue to operate until the new facilities commence service.
The replacement work is scheduled to begin later this year and is expected to have no impact on the PATH system's daily operations. It is expected to be completed by 2021.
PANYNJ noted that the project will be primarily funded by grants received from the Federal Transit Administration.