The Port Authority will provide thirty free days of PATH service to Hoboken residents with registered 30-day SmartLink cards, as a show of appreciation for the hardship the station’s lengthy closure caused them in the wake of unprecedented damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

A dedicated 24/7 commitment of PATH workers and contractors led to the Dec. 19th reopening of the Hoboken to 33rd Street line, and continued around-the-clock efforts are ongoing to restore Hoboken to World Trade Center service as well 24-hour service to the entire system in the coming weeks.

The free SmartLink 30-day pass will be automatically added to the cards of Hoboken residents who were previously registered SmartLink customers with 30-day passes.

“We truly understand the extreme difficulties that closure of the Hoboken station put on our loyal resident riders,’’ said Stephen Kingsberry, PATH’s acting director and general manager. “We hope these residents understand the extraordinary efforts PATH workers and contractors made to reopen the station and will accept this free month as a sign of our appreciation for your patience.”