The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a $400m project to repair two PATH tunnels E and F damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Work includes replacement of PATH track and rails, as well as electrical, signal and communications infrastructure in the tunnels that link the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations.
Port Authority chairman John Degnan said: “PATH is a critical lifeline between New Jersey and New York, and the investment we approved today is vital to keep it operating safely and efficiently.
“This project, coupled with one we are doing to install a new computerised signal system, will allow us to accommodate projected growth in mass transit for many years to come.”
Repairs to tunnels E and F will begin next year, with planned completion in 2026.
The work will be carried out on 35 weekends every year.
A single-track will be operated during weekend work to offer continuous train service, and to minimise passenger inconvenience and disruption, Port Authority said in statement.
Port Authority vice-chairman Steven Cohen said: “We are laser-focused on making sure the transportation assets we own are properly maintained to ensure their ability to serve the tens of millions of travellers who rely on them every year.
“Hurricane Sandy took a major toll on PATH and on other critical transportation facilities, and this project will aim to not only fix the damage, but mitigate future potential problems from severe flooding.”
Currently, the Port Authority is carrying out installation of a computerised signal system on PATH’s 33rd Street Line to improve passenger service and safety.