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SWEENEY AND PRIETO: PATH SERVICE SAVED

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced on Wednesday that the Port Authority is tabling indefinitely its plan to eliminate overnight PATH service.

Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Prieto secured the commitment from Port Authority Chairman John Degnan after they met with Mr. Degnan – a meeting that Senator Sweeney and Speaker Prieto arranged when they each reached out to Mr. Degnan.

“Solving problems requires leadership, negotiation and open communication, and we would like to thank Chairman Degnan for his willingness to work with us to resolve this important issue by working together,” Senator Sweeney said.  “This is a victory for the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride on the PATH system, especially the low-wage workers and young people who rely on the line as their principal mode of transportation.”

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“Port Authority reform was never supposed to be about cutting vital rail services for hard-working residents,” said Speaker Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). “This was a bad idea from the start and I’m glad to see it set aside. I thank Chairman Degnan for his cooperation and look forward to focusing on actual reform efforts.”

You can read the letter from Chairman Degnan to Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto here.

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