9th Street station (PATH)

9th Street is a station on the PATH system. Located at the intersection of 9th Street and Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) 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.

9th Street
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH rapid transit station
9th St PATH platform jeh.JPG
View of the Hoboken and Journal Square bound tracks from the platform
LocationNinth Street and Sixth Avenue
Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°44′03″N 73°59′56″W / 40.734210°N 73.998944°W / 40.734210; -73.998944Coordinates: 40°44′03″N 73°59′56″W / 40.734210°N 73.998944°W / 40.734210; -73.998944
Owned byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Line(s)Uptown Hudson Tubes
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsNew York City Subway:
"A" train"B" train"C" train"D" train"E" train"F" train"F" express train"M" train at West Fourth Street–Washington Square
"1" train"2" train at Christopher Street–Sheridan Square
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M8, M55 NB
OpenedFebruary 25, 1908[2]
Electrified600V (DC) third rail
20181,500,499[1]Decrease 7.3%
Preceding station PATH logo.svg PATH Following station
Christopher Street
toward Hoboken
14th Street
Christopher Street JSQ–33
JSQ–33 (via HOB)
Weeknights Weekends Holidays
Track layout
Never-built spur


Street entrance

The construction of the 9th Street station was particularly difficult. In 1900, construction workers for the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (H&M), the PATH's predecessor, had to navigate quicksand formed from the water of the former Minetta Creek above it. Their work was particularly difficult as they could not break the surface of Sixth Avenue, which would have disrupted traffic.[3] In 1907, the Degnon Contracting Company was building an extension to the H&M Railroad north of 9th Street and declared the water to have dried up, to the relief of area property owners who had previously spent thousands of dollars on pumps to rid their properties of water.[4]

The station opened on February 25, 1908, as part of the H&M extension between New Jersey and 33rd Street.[2] Originally, there was an exit on the west side of Sixth Avenue between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue. The exit had been removed by 1941.[5]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, which resulted in the destruction of the vital World Trade Center station, Ninth Street experienced serious overcrowding. In 2002, Ninth Street was used by an average of 8,900 people per day, about 3.248 million per annum. This was 54% higher than the 1.496 million passengers that utilized this station in 2001. While a new station near the World Trade Center has since reopened, the Port Authority plans to build a second entrance (pending environmental review) at this station, despite local opposition to the project.[6] Residents were concerned that the project would endanger the surrounding neighborhood's fragile historic buildings (through the vibrations that major construction would cause) and disrupt business and traffic in the West Village.[5]

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Exit/entrance, buses
B1 Southbound      HOB–33 weekdays toward Hoboken (Christopher Street)
          JSQ–33 (via HOB weekends) toward Journal Square (Christopher Street)
Island platform and fare control
Northbound      HOB–33 weekdays toward 33rd Street (14th Street)
          JSQ–33 (via HOB weekends) toward 33rd Street (14th Street)

In keeping with the "style" of PATH station entrances in Manhattan, the Ninth Street entrance is in the side of a building on the east side of Sixth Avenue. Passengers travel down a number of stairwells and through a narrow curved tunnel before descending to the north end of the platform. This underground station has two tracks and a center island platform. It is located under Christopher Street, just southwest of where the PATH tracks curve under 6th Avenue. The IND Sixth Avenue Line's local tracks are to the east of the PATH tracks, and the express tracks underneath, and are not visible from this station.[7]

Just east of the station, the tracks curve north onto Sixth Avenue, while the tunnel continues straight, a provision for a level junction with a never-built branch line that would have run to Astor Place on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.[8][9]:22 The bellmouth for the proposed Astor Place connection north of this station runs for about 250 feet (76 m). Large portions of the ring erecting machine from the original tunnel construction is in the bellmouth for the proposed extension, and the tunnel is also filled with equipment.[9]:20[10]

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  1. ^ "PATH Ridership Report" (PDF). pathnynj.gov. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ Davies, J. Vipond (October 1, 1909). "The Hudson and Manhattan Tunnel System". Railroad Age Gazette. 47: 585. Retrieved February 13, 2018 – via HathiTrust.
  4. ^ "Who Stole the Creek?" (PDF). New York Tribune. September 13, 1907. p. 5. Retrieved February 13, 2018 – via Fultonhistory.com.
  5. ^ a b Amateau, Albert (January 5, 2005). "History buff discovers a forgotten PATH exit". The Villager. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Carucci, Lisa (December 1, 2004). "PATH plan for new Village entrance is still on track". The Villager. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  7. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "M'ADOO SUBWAY WINS FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE; Crosstown Line Perpetual -- 25 Years Under Sixth Avenue". The New York Times. December 16, 1904. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Cudahy, Brian J. (2002), Rails Under the Mighty Hudson (2nd ed.), New York: Fordham University Press, ISBN 978-0-82890-257-1, OCLC 911046235
  10. ^ Fitzherbert, Anthony (June 1964). "The Public Be Pleased: William Gibbs McAdoo and the Hudson Tubes". Electric Railroaders' Association. Retrieved April 24, 2018 – via nycsubway.org.

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