6. The devastating storm that closed down PATH train lines for a month

Path Train tunnel repairs underground.
PATH underground tunnels leading from NJ to NYC being repaired post-Sandy. Image courtesy Port Authority NY/NJ.

In October of 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the New York City area when the storm surge hit a whopping 13 feet high. In our interview with PATH Train General Manager Clarelle DeGraffe, she discussed the topic of capital projects – including recovering after flooding from Superstorm Sandy. The timeline and cost for this recovery was unlike anything leadership had encountered in responding to a natural disaster throughout the PATH’s 100+ year history at the time.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the PATH train system was shut down for a whole week starting in late October 2012, with trains resuming in limited capacity over the next month before returning to its full four routes by the end of the year.