New York opens World Trade Center rail hub

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    A spectacular new station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has opened at the World Trade Center site in New York.

    On March 3, the World Trade Center (WTC) Transportation Hub partially opened to passengers. The terminal serves New York’s Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail network and connects to 11 MTA lines.

    A full opening is planned for the spring, but passengers are getting the chance to experience the station’s striking Oculus early.

    The skeletal structure houses the stations retail units and includes a pedestrian link to an underground concourse beneath the 9/11 Memorial plaza.

    Photo: Christopher Lyzcen / Shutterstock.com.
    [click to enlarge] Photo: Christopher Lyzcen / Shutterstock.com.
    Port Authority chairman John Degnan said: “The World Trade Center PATH Hub was a challenging project for the agency in terms of timetable and costs, but the men and women of the Port Authority and the contractors who worked on this nationally important infrastructure project should be rightly proud of their efforts.

    “We trust the Oculus will serve a vital transportation need for the region, while becoming an important landmark for the metropolitan area and nation in the decades to come.”

    Port Authority vice-chairman Scott Rechler said in a statement ahead of the opening: “Lower Manhattan soon will have an architecturally visionary 21st century rail station, combined with world-class retail shops, that will be a focal point for downtown commerce.

    “The board of commissioners salutes those whose years of toil finally brought this project to fruition. They have created an iconic structure for generations of New Yorkers, commuters and visitors.”

    Below: Selection of photos taken in 2014 during the hub’s construction.

     

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