NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY (PIX11)—PATH Train service between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey resumes Monday, as will service on the Long Island Rail Road's Long Beach branch.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, PATH trains will be making stops at the following stations: Newark, Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place, and the World Trade Center station in the city. Service will end 10 p.m. weekdays.
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With the World Trade Center station out of commission since Hurricane Sandy, riders have been flocking to the 33rd Street station. One passenger told 1010 WINS: "A crowd from Hoboken is even coming here to Journal Square, so the people are feeling very crowded on the trains," he explained.
Flooding -- courtesy of Hurricane Sandy -- shutdown the World Trade Center station, the track bed ending up under several feet of water. Port Authority PATH work crews had to drain millions of gallons of salt water from tracks and platforms. Then, they had to turn their attention to the repair or replacement of wrecked switching and signal systems. That work continues on Saturday and Sunday, that's why there's no weekend PATH service right now.
Turning to the LIRR, service on the Long Beach line resumes Sunday, operating on a regular weekend schedule. Railroad officials say four holiday trains have been scheduled to run eastbound and westbound.
The first train to Long Beach will pull out of the Jamaica station at 1:32 a.m., while the first train out of Long Beach will leave at 3:53 a.m., that comes from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This is as close to a normal schedule on the LIRR since the hurricane hit in late October.