In keeping with the "style" of PATH station entrances in Manhattan, the 9th Street entrance is in the side of a building, immediately east of Sixth Avenue. Passengers travel down a number of stairwells and through a narrow curved tunnel before descending down to the platform level. 9th Street, like the Christopher Street station, has a center island platform.
A connection is possible to the New York City Subway B, D, F, and V trains on the IND Sixth Avenue Line and the A, C, and E trains on the IND Eighth Avenue Line at West Fourth Street–Washington Square, however the station is located a few blocks away.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the destruction of the vital World Trade Center PATH station, the 9th Street station experienced serious overcrowding. While the World Trade Center station has since reopened, the Port Authority still plans to build the second entrance (pending environmental review), despite local opposition to the project. Residents are concerned that the project will endanger the surrounding neighborhood's fragile historic buildings (through the vibrations that a major construction project would cause) and disrupt business and traffic in the Village. The effects of September 11 did not end quickly. In 2002, 9th Street station was used by an average of 8,900 people per day, about 3.248 million per annum. This was 54% higher than the 1.496 million passengers that utilised 9th Street in 2001.