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PATH Lift Bridge

PATH Lift Bridge
PATH Lift Bridge Hackensack River.jpg
PATH Lift Bridge
(Harsimus Branch and Wittpenn Bridge at right)
Coordinates40°44′24″N 74°04′59″W / 40.740108°N 74.083048°W / 40.740108; -74.083048
CarriesPATH
CrossesHackensack River
LocaleConnecting Kearny and Jersey City, New Jersey
OwnerPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Characteristics
DesignLift bridge
MaterialSteel
History
Opened1900; 119 years ago (1900)
PATH Lift Bridge is located in New York City
PATH Lift Bridge
PATH Lift Bridge
Location within New Jersey

The PATH Lift is a lift bridge carrying the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit line across the Hackensack River between Kearny and Jersey City, New Jersey. It is used by PATH trains going to and from Newark.

History

The bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1900.[1] It was part of the PRR main line that terminated at Exchange Place in Jersey City. Upon the opening of the PRR North River Tunnels to Manhattan in 1910, the main line traffic was routed on a new alignment to the tunnels, and the Exchange Place line tracks were made available to the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, a rapid transit line to lower Manhattan (later called PATH). Service on a new H&M line between the Manhattan Transfer station in Harrison, New Jersey and lower Manhattan began on October 1, 1911.[2] The service was later extended southward to Newark.

Use of the bridge was shared by the PRR and H&M until PRR ended its service to Exchange Place in 1961. Since that time, H&M/PATH trains on the Newark–World Trade Center line (known as Newark-Hudson Terminal before 1971) have used the bridge exclusively.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. "PRR Chronology, 1900." March 2005 Edition.
  2. ^ "Improved Transit Facilities by Newark High Speed Line" (PDF). New York Times. October 1, 1911.
  3. ^ Cudahy, Brian J. (2002), Rails Under the Mighty Hudson (2nd ed.), New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 62–63, ISBN 978-0-82890-257-1, OCLC 911046235

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