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Take On The Port Authority

PATH fares keep increasing, but service hasn’t met our city’s growing population. The Port Authority is out of control and unaccountable. Reform has stalled in Trenton, and we need local leaders like Jake who aren’t afraid to stand up to this agency.

And, yes, the Port Authority is under bi-state control. But there are things we can do. After all, Councilwoman Candace Osborne fought this fight when the Port Authority shut down WTC service for repairs, securing subsidized ferry service for the price of a PATH ride. 

The Port Authority’s presence in Jersey City is vast. Jersey City is home to four of the Port Authority’s six New Jersey PATH stations. The Journal Square Transportation Center is a 30,000-plus square foot retail center and transportation hub connecting PATH service to NJ Transit bus operations and local bus service. Port Jersey is a major intermodal freight transport facility that sits on our southern border. The Port Authority owns and operates administrative offices out of 2 Montgomery Street under a scheme that costs Jersey City over a $1 million annually in lost tax revenue, according to a lawsuit filed by the city in 2014. And, finally, the Holland Tunnel handles over 80,000 vehicle crossings per day as of 2015, bringing tens of thousands of cars through our streets daily. 

But internal politics have stopped Port Authority from meeting our needs. For example, Grove Street could easily be a 10-car platform (right now it is 8). This has been proposed by the Port Authority, but it has gone nowhere. 

We need to pressure our legislators to pass Port Authority reform. If the Port Authority is properly managed, it will meet our needs. 

Read Jake's Jersey Journal Op-Ed on PANYNJ and Jersey City Here

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