NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - The World Trade Center and Exchange Place PATH stations will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 6, through 5 a.m. Monday, July 9. This will allow crews to transition to a new signal system being installed. The work is part of the federally mandated positive train control upgrades.
PATH rider Justin Patterson understands that work needs to be done.
"It's an inconvenience, but there are other ways to get to New York, NJ transit is another way if you're coming from Jersey," Patterson said.
This weekend is just the beginning of closures that may cause headaches for straphangers. Starting Friday, July 13, PATH will close the Christopher Street, 9th Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street, and 33rd Street stations for 15 consecutive weekends, except for Labor Day weekend.
PTC installation is on track to be completed by the end of 2018.
"Once the new technology is implemented, PTC will mean a faster, safer, more reliable and efficient ride for all PATH riders," a Port Authority spokesperson said in a statement.
The trains will go back to a normal weekend schedule at the end of October.
While this work is being done, the MTA is partnering with PATH. The MTA is giving out MetroCards to help diverted PATH riders take city subways and buses to get to their destinations.