The headhouse is a completely new building and is the first of four planned headhouses at the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) station. Harrison Station’s Southeast headhouse is expected to open in May 2019.
The station features modern amenities, glass-enclosed weather-protected station entrances, modern elevators, widened stairs and escalator access to the platform. It also features countdown clocks that will tell passengers when the next train will be arriving, and platforms that will accommodate 10-car trains.
Passengers now have a new entry/exit point to access Harrison Station and trains bound for Newark-Penn Station. When the Southeast headhouse is completed in May, passengers will have a secondary access to New York-bound trains.
“The replacement project involved modernizing the Harrison Station to meet the new needs of the Harrison community, which is undergoing a revitalization,” said Richard Acoury, WSP USA’s engineering manager for the project. “By increasing the entry points to the station, PATH customers can now safely access trains traveling in either direction without having to walk to the next intersection to cross over.”
WSP was part of a joint venture with Dattner Architects to design the new $180 million portion of the train station, working on behalf of PATH. WSP led the engineering efforts for track design, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, communications, and corrosion protection and coordination of various sub-consultants. The station is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).
The firm was responsible for project elements that included platforms, deep foundations including minipiles and drilled shafts, retaining wall design and retrofitting, track girder rehabilitation and catenary work.