Port Authority Trans-Hudson commuter railroad orders more Kawasaki cars

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A Port Authority Trans-Hudson Kawasaki PA5 car. This is similar to 72 cars the commuter has on order with the Japan-based manufacturer.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson
NEW YORK CITY — When you are a passenger railroad handling over 80 million riders a year and you’ve just inked a deal for 50 new cars six months ago, what do you do for an encore? Why, you buy more, of course.

On June 28, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board of directors gave the high ball to buy 22 more cars, in response to ridership demands and to bring additional service capabilities throughout the 14-mile system.

The original 50 rail cars are slated for delivery starting in 2021, and will increase system capacity by 19 percent. Thursday’s vote allocated an additional $66 million for the supplemental 22-car purchase for a target delivery date of 2023. The total bill for the 72 Kawasaki cars is $216 million, funded under the Port Authority’s 10-year capital plan. It is conceivable that the additional cars could increase capacity by another four percent.

PATH is experiencing explosive growth. Total ridership was nearly 83 million customers in 2017, the first time annual ridership had exceeded 80 million and a 5.4-percent increase over the previous year. Rapid residential development in several of the cities served, as well as the improving regional economy over are contributing to the surge in PATH ridership.
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