Burned power cables have caused a major disruption of PATH service between midtown and New Jersey. PATH service on the Journal Square-33rd line and the Hoboken-33rd line is "suspended indefinitely," the Port Authority announced today. The service suspension started this morning, and has its roots in an electrical fire that broke out a PATH tunnel under Chelsea on Sunday.
This morning, smoke was again detected in the tunnel near where Sunday's fire occurred, prompting the Port Authority to suspend service.
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"A preliminary review has determined a repair splice between replacement cable and older cable resulted in a smoky condition this morning in the same area as Sunday’s problem, leading PATH officials to cut power and service as a matter of safety," the Port Authority said in a statement. "Much of the cabling in the Manhattan tunnel dates back decades and PATH officials are exploring ways to accelerate updating the miles of old wiring to help ensure more reliable service, while minimizing the reductions in service that will be needed to make the upgrades."
The Port Authority hopes to have the repairs finished in time to resume service for tomorrow morning's rush hour, which would be nice considering how furious people were today. CBS 2 reports that some PATH riders didn't learn about the service cancellation until they arrived at Journal Square and realized they could go no further.
@PATHTrain my children believed in your service, now they don't believe in nothin!
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"I give them an ‘F’ because we got nothing,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. “The fact that people find out about it so late all the time repeatedly, it’s frustrating.”
On the bright side, PATH service between New Jersey and the World Trade Center remains unaffected, and PATH tickets will be cross-honored on the New York Waterway ferries and New Jersey Transit during the disruption.