Senate Pres. Sweeney, like Zimmer, questioning PATH service cuts in Hoboken

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Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3), like Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, is questioning why the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has cut three PATH trains that run from Hoboken to 33rd Street in New York City. Stephen Sweeney

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Sweeney wanted to know how three trains during both the morning and evening rush hours, to and from Hoboken, were cut without adequate justification or consultation with local officials and legislators, according to a statement released from his office yesterday.

He cited complaints that PATH service from Hoboken to 33rd Street in Manhattan was cut by three trains during the 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. morning commute and by three trains on the 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. return commute.

“The elimination of six PATH trains a day into and out of Hoboken is a significant cut that will add to overcrowding at a busy commuter station,” Sweeney said in a prepared statement, noting that daily PATH ridership from Hoboken grew from 19,890 passengers a day in 2012 to 22,078 last year.

Sweeney says he demanded a full explanation of the service reduction from Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, making mention of a letter from Port Authority Chairman John Degnan promising full transparency on any future service cuts.

That letter was penned by Degnan in January after the agency backed off the proposed elimination of overnight PATH service after Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) intervened after mass disapproval by various North Jersey officials.

While the reduction in service to Hoboken is not as severe as the proposed elimination of all overnight PATH service, Sweeney said Foye owes legislators and local officials a full explanation of the Hoboken service cuts and an explanation of why the service cuts were not discussed more fully in advance as promised.

Zimmer spoke out against the cuts on Tuesday.