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Christopher Street station (PATH)

Christopher Street
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH rapid transit station
PATH Christopher St vc.jpg
The station platform as seen in 2007
Location137 Christopher Street
Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°44′01″N 74°00′25″W / 40.733602°N 74.006821°W / 40.733602; -74.006821
Owned byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Line(s)Uptown Hudson Tubes
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsNew York City Subway:
"1" train"2" train at Christopher Street–Sheridan Square
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M8, M20 NB on Hudson Street
History
OpenedFebruary 25, 1908
Electrified600V (DC) Third Rail
Traffic
Passengers (2018)1,507,614[1]Decrease 4.6%
Services
Preceding station PATH logo.svg PATH Following station
Hoboken
Terminus
HOB–33
Weekdays
9th Street
Newport JSQ–33
Weekdays
Hoboken JSQ–33 (via HOB)
Weeknights Weekends Holidays
Track layout
to 9 St

Christopher Street is a station on the PATH system. Located on Christopher Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, it is served by the Hoboken–33rd Street and Journal Square–33rd Street lines on weekdays, and by the Journal Square–33rd Street (via Hoboken) line on weekends.

History

Entrance

The station opened on February 25, 1908, as part of the H&M extension between New Jersey and 33rd Street.[2] It received a renovation in 1986, during which the station was closed completely for a period of time.[3]

The station has long seen heavy traffic not only from passengers going to Jersey City and Hoboken, but also by Manhattan residents traveling from Greenwich Village to Midtown. The nearest subway station, Christopher Street-Sheridan Square, is a block away.

The already busy station became even more so after the September 11, 2001 attacks resulted in the destruction of the vital World Trade Center PATH station. With Christopher Street now the closest PATH station to New Jersey, it experienced serious overcrowding. The station became so busy that the Port Authority had to make it an exit-only station during the morning rush hour. The Port Authority planned to build a second entrance at Christopher and Bedford Street (a block and a half east of the current entrance), to ease overcrowding at the station, but local opposition effectively killed the project. Residents were concerned that the project would endanger the surrounding neighborhood's fragile historic buildings (through the vibrations that a major construction project would cause) and disrupt business and traffic in the Village.[4]

The Port Authority continues to look into the possibility of building a second entrance to service the 9th Street station, which is also opposed by some local residents. The effects of September 11 did not end quickly. In 2002, Christopher Street station was used by an average of 7,400 people per day, or about 2.701 million per year. This was more than twice as many as the 1.314 million passengers that used the station during 2001.

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, one-way faregates
B2
Platform level
Southbound      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (Terminus)
     JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (Newport)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (Hoboken Terminal)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound      HOB–33 toward 33rd Street (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 toward 33rd Street (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward 33rd Street (9th Street)

The station entrance is in its own free-standing building, with a restored marquee displaying the original "Hudson Tunnels" name adorning the entranceway. Passengers descend a narrow stairway with a number of curves before arriving at the southwest end of the narrow center island platform.[5]

Biff Elrod's mural "Ascent-Descent" (showing images of users of the PATH trains, ascending or descending the stairs) originally painted on site in August 1986 as a temporary installation for the Public Art Fund, and later purchased by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was restored in 1999.

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ "PATH Ridership Report" (PDF). pathnynj.gov. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "TROLLEY TUNNEL OPEN TO JERSEY; President Turns On Power for First Official Train Between This City and Hoboken. REGULAR SERVICE STARTS Passenger Trains Between the Two Cities Begin Running at Midnight. EXERCISES OVER THE RIVER Govs. Hughes and Fort Make Congratulatory Addresses -- Dinner at Sherry's in the Evening" (PDF). The New York Times. February 26, 1908. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Anderson, Susan Heller; Dunlap, David W. (May 27, 1986). "NEW YORK DAY BY DAY; PATH Recalls Early Years". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Amateau, Albert (October 22, 2003). "A change of course on PATH". The Villager. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  5. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.

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