Dear Port Authority Trans Hudson,
Thank you for your continued efforts in restoring the PATH Train service in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We cannot begin to fully understand the damage caused but we recognize the constant efforts to return full services to normal. We appreciate the timeliness of having at least partial service restored after just a week and the return of most stations at this time.
That being said, it has now been over a month since the storm hit and passed. While we understand that work must continue, we feel it unreasonable that a curfew of 10 PM still remains in effect for all PATH service. By design, the PATH service has promised its customers the ability to travel in and out of Manhattan at any time of day or night. As the only mass transit in and out of Manhattan in the area, your customers rely on the service 24 hours a day, and while your customers continue to pay full price, no arrangements have been made to accommodate those of us who are inconvenienced by its early closing. To reference Lincoln Restler of Brooklyn, these trains are not redundant - but essential lifelines for hundreds of thousands of commuters.
While you may still need to shut down service for part of the night, we feel it is time to extend the PATH’s running hours. 10pm is too early to suspend all PATH train service. We suggest extending these hours, weekdays and weekends, especially as the holiday season approaches.
We, the undersigned, are petitioning the immediate extension of PATH service hours or other arrangements to be made at no additional charge during the hours of train suspension.