- Journal Square Transportation Center
- PATH Rail Transit System
The PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) Rail System is one of the nation’s busiest rapid transit systems with an annual ridership of approximately 100 million. PATH commuter rail lines connect the New Jersey cities of Newark, Harrison, Jersey City and Hoboken with Lower Manhattan. Within its system are three major transportation hubs; Newark Penn Station, Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City, NJ and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub connects eleven different New York City subway lines. Policing such a vast transit system is the responsibility of the members of the PAPD’s PATH Police Command. Port Authority police officers patrol the PATH System’s trains and stations on foot and in radio cars. PATH Command members also perform plainclothes anti-crime and counter terrorism patrols. The PATH Command is also responsible for law enforcement at the Newark Legal Center in Downtown Newark.
Sadly, during the attacks of September 11, 2001, thirteen members of the PATH Command were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. Though the 37 Port Authority police officers killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center represents the largest, single loss of police officers in the history of American law enforcement, the PATH Command suffered the largest loss of any PAPD command that day. Those thirteen police officers are memorialized in a memorial at the entrance of the PATH Police Station in the Journal Square Transportation Center.