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The day PATH riders dreaded is finally here. This weekend marks the first shutdown of 33rd Street line service. As one might have expected, the shutdown --which will halt service from every weekend until winter -- got a lot of PATH riders...

Path riders speak out on 33rd Street line weekend shutdown

The day PATH riders dreaded is finally here. This weekend marks the first shutdown of 33rd Street line service. As one might have expected, the shutdown --which will halt service from every weekend until winter -- got a lot of PATH riders...

Path riders speak out on 33rd Street line weekend shutdown

The day PATH riders dreaded is finally here. This weekend marks the first shutdown of 33rd Street line service.

As one might have expected, the shutdown --which will halt service from every weekend until winter -- got a lot of PATH riders in Hoboken and Jersey City talking today.

Beginning today at 12:10 a.m., weekend service on the 33rd Street line will be temporarily discontinued until the following Monday each week while upgrades are made to the train system.

Even though the PATH has held informational meetings about the shutdown in both cities over the past month, several riders said they had no idea about the closing until they showed up to get on the line this morning. 

One agitated Grove Street PATH rider said he ended up walking out of the station right after he swiped his Metro Card, because he entered not knowing about the closure. 

Scott Gawyrch, a Jersey City native and a frequent PATH user, was especially ticked off at the closing. Although he had heard off the closing through his neighborhood association, the Jersey City resident said that he didn't realize it was this weekend.

Because of that, Gawyrch and his friend couldn't get to 14th Street where he and a group of friends play their weekly outdoor hockey match.

"I'm pissed" said Gawyrch. "We usually just get off at 14th Street and just skate over to play hockey, but we don't have any way to get there now."

While Gawyrch admitted that he understands that some kind of closure had to be done to make to make room for PATH's plans, he said he wishes the shutdowns were overnight, and that the transportation system handled the announcements differently.

He said that when he was down in Grove Street station, the only thing he heard or saw about the closure was a hard-to-hear speaker announcement.

"Nobody down there right now knows (about the shutdown)" Gawyrch said. "They're all paying to walk in and then walking out. That's terrible."

The Port Authority has said the service changes will be in effect until Dec. 19, with the exclusion of major holidays. Normal weekend service will be in effect on Labor Day (Sept. 3-5), Veteran's Day (Nov. 11-13), and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-27) weekends.

Special weekend train service will operate directly between Hoboken and World Trade Center.  A free weekend shuttle bus service will operate between World Trade Center and 29th Street along Sixth and Seventh avenues between midnight Saturdays and 5 a.m. Mondays.

 

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