December 12, 2014

HNTB to study Path Newark airport extension

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THE Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has awarded a three-year, $US 6m contract to HNTB to carry out studies on the proposed Port Authority Trans-Hudson (Path) metro extension from Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Currently Path passengers travelling from Lower Manhattan to the airport need to change at Newark to an NJ Transit regional/commuter train to Newark Liberty International Airport Rail Station, which connects with the AirTrain monorail.

The proposed Path extension would run parallel to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and connect with the monorail, serving the airport and providing improved connections from Lower Manhattan to Harrison, Jersey City, and Hoboken.

After evaluating technical and compliance issues, HNTB will develop a precise cost estimate for the project. The Port Authority anticipates that the extension will cost around $US 1.5bn and take five years to complete, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2018.

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