Short Extension of PATH Train System Seen as Key Regional Economic Booster

The planned expansion of the Port Authority’s PATH train system to Newark Liberty Airport could be key to meeting important transportation and economic development goals for both New Jersey and New York, according to a new report issued by a leading regional planning agency.

In addition to highlighting the potential benefits of the planned extension — which is going to cost nearly $2 billion according to Port Authority estimates — the report has several recommendations for planners as the project moves forward. They include a call for close cooperation with Newark community members and coordinating with another major Port Authority project — a planned overhaul of the airport’s existing AirTrain service.

“We really want to see some clear signs of coordination,” Nat Bottigheimer, the RPA’s New Jersey director, said in a recent interview.

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