Journal Square PATH Station


Dattner Architects was commissioned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate options for replacing the flooring on the platforms and mezzanine at the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City, a major transit hub that serves PATH subway trains to Manhattan and NJ Transit buses. The mezzanine, located one floor above the train platforms, has a poured terrazzo floor dating back to the original construction of the facility in 1971. The platform flooring was replaced with granite tiles in 1995, but has consistently had problems with slip resistance and excessive cracking during freeze-thaw cycles. Dattner Architects prepared a feasibility study that investigated the issues involved with replacing the flooring system and proposed a series of new flooring schemes.

Responsibilities on the project included attending client meetings and gaining input from various user groups within the Port Authority, conducting field surveys to document existing conditions, materials research, and overseeing the development of the feasibility study document which presented recommendations for the flooring replacement, platform fixtures such as seating, and development of a preliminary construction phasing plan. The recommendations from the study became the basis for flooring replacement strategy throughout the entire PATH system, which consists of thirteen rapid transit stations in Manhattan and northern New Jersey. The first installation occurred at the Hoboken station following flood damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.


Completed while employed at Dattner Architects, 2007 – 2010.
Client: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Project Principal: Joseph Coppola
Project Manager: John Ziedonis