Biggest NYC subway hub opens

2014-11-10 08:41
People gather for a ceremony at the entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub in New York. (/Mark Lennihan, AP)

People gather for a ceremony at the entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub in New York. (/Mark Lennihan, AP)

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Washington- New York's biggest subway hub opened on Sunday in lower Manhattan, a vital link between the new World Trade Centre and the rest of the city.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated the $1.4bn Fulton Centre, a transit complex where many subway lines converge.

"Welcome to the station of the 21st century", engineer Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA's Capital Construction who led the work, told a gathering of transit and political officials.

Officials said the transit and retail hub will serve as Lower Manhattan's next great public space, encased in a glass-and-steel shell with a soaring, light-filled atrium.

The federal government funded 90% and New York state the rest of the project, which includes 16 700 square metres of new retail and office space, plus five old stations that were refurbished and linked. The centre will accommodate up to 300 000 daily riders using nine subway lines.

A 105-metre tunnel was built leading to the World Trade Centre’s Santiago Calatrava-designed transit facility and the PATH commuter train to New Jersey. That tunnel will open sometime next year.

After a decade of work following the destruction of the World Trade Centre area and flooding from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, "we made it", Horodniceanu said.

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