The Port Authority is closing the Uptown PATH line starting in August between Hoboken and 33rd Street in order to install Positive Train Control, a more advanced signalling and communications system that will let trains run more frequently in the future. As part of this closure, service patterns are changing:
Service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended from approximately 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays until 5 a.m. on Mondays. The suspension will continue most weekends into December, with the exception of major holidays, the Port Authority announced.
Regular weekend service will continue on the Newark-World Trade Center (WTC) line and between Journal Square and Hoboken. However, PATH can take some solace in the introduction of service between Hoboken and WTC on the weekend — which is not normally available.
The Port Authority will also run shuttle buses between World Trade Center and Midtown, stopping at Christopher, 9th, 14th, 23rd, and 33rd Streets, though this will be a relatively roundabout route for anyone heading to Midtown from Hoboken or Newport.
Of course, people in Hoboken, or even Journal Square will probably not take this route, and will be diverted to the jitney buses, the NJ Transit 126, and the ferries. The ferries could totally replace the Uptown PATH on the weekends, if not for the high fares.
In 2014 when the Downtown PATH tubes were closed, the Port Authority subsidized rides on the Paulus Hook ferry, bringing fares in line with PATH fares at the time. No ferries are being subsidized or discounted this time.