It’s PETITION TIME!
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a $1.5 Billion project to extend the the PATH train to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and finished in 2023. (Source)
Four Points About This:
1) First off, why in the world would Newark International Airport and all their airlines want the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey be in charge of transporting people to their airport? The way the PATH system is managed, this is a recipe for record breaking amounts of people missing their flights because of train delays, “signal problems,” fires on the track, etc that PATH is notorious for.
2) The PATH is already overcrowded and will soon be even more of a commuting nightmare with the amount of new residential construction happening in Jersey City. Adding millions of passengers to/from the airport (plus their luggage) to this already congested train line makes ZERO sense (Newark Airport had 35 million passengers in 2013). Who put these people in charge of the future of North Jersey?
3) Another note about this extension is the cost. It’s a $1.5 BILLION project. That’s $1.5 BILLION, with a “B.” With that $1.5 BILLION, the current commuter problem should be the focus.
4) To agree with Steve Carrellas (a New Jersey spokesman for the National Motorists Association), this train extension is redundant. If you want to go from Manhattan to EWR (or vice versa), there are at least 6 choices for every passenger:
- NJ Transit DIRECT – 21 to 25 minutes
- Taxi (don’t take a taxi from EWR)
- Uber (take Uber or Lyft)
- NJ Transit to PATH (switch at Newark Penn Station)
- Drive or carpool
Again, why is this project even a consideration, let alone an approved plan?
It’s PETITION TIME
If you agree that this extension is a bad idea and the money needs to go towards a GOOD idea that will help manage the future of commuting to Manhattan from Jersey City and Hoboken, then sign this. We’ll make sure it gets put in the right hands.