Is an extension of PATH from Newark Penn Station to Newark Airport ever seriously discussed? Or has it permanently been put to rest? Sorry if it has been discussed to death—I don't follow PATH closely. JS
pumpers wrote:What other agencies would have to approve?The Port Authority is going to be paying for it, no approvals are needed from anyone else other than the Port Authority's own board. The PA owns Newark Airport, the Airtrain, the PATH, the World Trade Center site and much of the land needed for the extension.
The agreement also calls for the Port Authority to provide funding commitments for one-seat rides from Lower Manhattan to JFK and Newark Liberty airports.
The Port Authority will allocate $60 million to study a direct connection from Lower Manhattan to JFK, and $30 million to study extending the PATH to Newark. If the projects are determined to be feasible from an engineering, operational and financial standpoint, the Port Authority would include funding for these projects in its Capital Plan -- the extension to Newark at an estimated cost of at least $500 million, and contribute an equivalent amount for airport access to JFK.
In fact, Union County has received permission (if not an endorsement) from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to bring such LRT to the airport proper, directly to all three major passenger terminals (including those situated across the border in Essex County).Anyone else find it ironic that the PATH will not have one-stop service direct to the terminals, but Union County Light Rail might?