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One of the longest running service outages caused by storm Sandy is about to end.
PATH train commuter service is about to resume to Hoboken, NJ, the Port Authority said in a tweet: "PATH's Hoboken-33 service resumes Wednesday 12-19-12 at 5 a.m. and operates every day from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m."
But there will be no direct service from Hoboken to the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority says that remains "several weeks away."
Some 29,000 riders use the Hoboken station every day. They've been without service to Manhattan for almost eight weeks.
PATH tunnels were among the most severely hit during Sandy, with water filling five miles of tubes.
According a Port Authority press release, the "announcement means weekday service between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. will be back at all 13 PATH stations and on three of PATH’s four regular lines: Journal Square to 33rd Street, Hoboken to 33rd Street and Newark to the World Trade Center".
The Port Authority says critical equipment was damaged, but has offered few details on what was damaged, or what was entailed in restoring the service.
PATH says it will restore limited 24 hour service in time for New Year's Eve.
Many commuters take New Jersey Transit trains to Hoboken and transfer to the PATH. NJ Transit is operating curtailed service to Hoboken because of a damaged electrical substation. The agency tells TN that PATH service restoration will not lead to more NJ Transit service to Hoboken.