There seems to be a lot of confusion going around. Nobody backtracked on anything. The second station, at South Street, has been cut, as previously mentioned. "South Ward" isn't a separate station from "Newark Airport;" they're just two sides of the same coin.
There's still only one station (at the site of the NJT/Newark AirLink station); they just clarified that the neighborhood will have access to the station via an entrance on Frelinghuysen/Haynes, which isn't the case with the current NJT/Newark AirLink station--the only way out of the current station is by taking NJT.
Anyone who's confused, I suggest you take a look at the 2017 draft capital plan that's on the PA website. The capital plan is the final authority, as it is a legally binding document (once it gets finalized), and has all the dollars and cents and the scope for each project all laid out.
Port Authority officials said the South Ward station, to be built across the tracks from the NJ Transit airport station near Weequahic Park, remains a key part of the proposed PATH extension to the airport.
"This new station would provide easy access for Dayton residents and regional commuters to PATH, local buses, NJ Transit, as well as Newark Liberty International via AirTrain Newark, while spurring economic development in the city's South Ward," officials said.
representatives testifying to the Joint Legislative Oversight committee got confused between the references to South Ward and South Street, a station that was suggested and dropped on the city's East Side.