As NJ Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday, some more of NJ's commuter mass transit is back up and running. Whereas only 13 NJ Transit trains were running between NJ and Manhattan at some points last week, the Star-Ledger reports there will be 33 today. However, usually 63 trains run during the morning rush hour. Cue.
As for PATH service, service is back from the Newark Penn and Harrison stations to Manhattan's Penn Station (see map). But the Hoboken, Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations are in really bad shape. The superintendent of way and structures for the PATH, Mike Marine, said, "I have never seen this kind of devastation in my 35-year career. Workers have had to pump tens of millions of gallons of water from the PATH tubes. They are working around the clock to restore switches and signals to allow for safe operation of service to the Hoboken, Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations."
In other words, it'll take weeks! And Bob Totillo, who works for transportation consultants AECOM, says, "AECOM has been serving the region’s infrastructure for nearly 100 years and we’ve never seen the kind of flooding and damage like that caused to the PATH system as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Even the most dramatic photos can’t capture the scale of it. It’s been a superhuman effort to get restoration from Newark to Manhattan and the huge lift to restore service at the Hoboken and WTC (World Trade Center) station is well underway."