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September 11, 2013 12:00 AM

Sources: Christie to back $1B PATH extension in Newark

Daniel Geiger Print AP Images Gov. Chris Christie is said to support extending the PATH train service to Newark Airport.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to endorse a $1 billion extension of PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport, according to several sources familiar with the governor's plan.

Mr. Christie had originally intended to announce on Thursday his support for the project, but he canceled that plan late Wednesday. It is not yet clear when Mr. Christie will publicly announce his support.

Mr. Christie's backing would almost certainly assure that the extension project, which has been mulled over by transit officials for more than a year, would be included in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's roughly $30 billion capital plan, which is expected to be released to the public in the coming months.

The extension would be of special benefit to lower Manhattan PATH riders, who would be able to take the line all the way to Newark Airport and transfer to the Air Train to travel to the airport's terminals. Downtown PATH service currently ends at Newark Penn Station, and the most common approach for riders coming from Manhattan now is to take New Jersey Transit from Penn Station in Manhattan to the Air Train, a route that requires downtown riders to first head to midtown.

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Airport advocates hailed the decision.

"A one-seat PATH ride from lower Manhattan directly to Newark Airport Airtrain is a major step forward," said Joseph Sitt, a Manhattan landlord who earlier this year founded the Global Gateway Alliance to encourage airport improvements.

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