World Trade Center transportation hub to open in March

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced yesterday that the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus will fully open in Lower Manhattan the first week in March.

The hub replaces the World Trade Center terminal that was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City. Although PATH trains have been using the new transportation hub since May of last year, the facility has not been fully operational.

The hub’s centerpiece is the Oculus, a soaring wing-shaped steel structure designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. When it opens, the hub will enhance the commute of 100,000 weekday PATH commuters who travel through the station with quicker access to the Wall Street area and other destinations north and south of the site, PANYNJ officials said in a press release.

In addition to access to PATH trains, the hub will provide travelers with a seamless connection to 11 New York City subway lines and the East River Ferries, they said.

PATH commuters will be able to take new underground passageways to One World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, the corner of Liberty and Church streets a few blocks from Wall Street and to Vesey Street on the site’s northern edge.

Retail shops, which will be located throughout the Oculus and adjoining passageways, will open in phases starting in spring.

“More than a decade ago, planners envisioned a rebuilt transportation complex on the World Trade Center site that would provide critical links between various modes of transit for the first time. By later this year, this vision will become reality,” said PANYNJ Chairman John Degnan. “When the Oculus opens, commuters, visitors and residents of Lower Manhattan will have a greatly enhanced commute to and from the site for the first time.”


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