Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop ripped Port Authority Chairman John Degnan for having a lack of understanding about how important the PATH is to commuters at a packed press conference calling for the elimination of any possibility of cutting overnight PATH service.
“I would highlight that, I think it’s safe to assume, that Chairman [John] Degnan has never ridden on the PATH late at night,” Fulop said when asked if he thought there could be a reasonable transportation alternative to accommodate approximately 2,000 nightly PATH commuters a night, as the 99-page special panel Port Authority report to save money suggested.
“Anyone whose ridden the PATH at night knows that it is filled, first and foremost. Secondly, it easy to extract numbers and say 2,000 per night: that same number equates to 200,000 plus per year.”
“These are working families, as we highlighted earlier, it’s not a small number, and we can extract numbers and argue them nevertheless. But, it really is being disingenuous as to how it relates to the impact overall.”