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New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. prepares to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, two spectacular downtown construction projects are beginning to rise from the ashes of the stricken site.
Last week, construction on the first phase of the $750 million Fulton Street Transit Center The Fulton Street Transit Center is a $750 million project, currently in progress in New York City, USA, that will improve access to and connections between 12 subway services stopping at Manhattan's Fulton Street, PATH service and the World Trade Center station in Lower Manhattan. got underway.
And yesterday (Tuesday), a ceremony was held to mark the start of work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Transportation hub is a location where traffic is exchanged across several modes of transport. These modes may include any of railway, tramway, rapid transit, bus, automobile, truck, airplane, spacecraft, ship, ferry, pedestrian or any other kind of transportation. .
Both projects will play a pivotal role in not only transforming the city's transportation infrastructure, but in their contributions to the iconic architectural significance being emphasized in the downtown rebuilding program.
The Santiago Calatrava-designed transportation hub--scheduled for completion in 2009--will reconnect and expand links between the PATH system, all downtown subway lines and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal via underground passageways.
Although a main contractor has yet to be selected by the Port Authority, spokesman, Steve Coleman Steve Coleman, born September 20 1956, said Beaver Concrete Construction Co., of Brooklyn, would be carrying out the initial work on a retaining wall to guard the new tracks that will be installed. That work will take approximately four months. , is an American saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer and band leader.
Coleman said "various calling contractors" retained by the PANY/NJ will work on other phases of the project due to begin in October and November. He added that the Port Authority hoped to have a general contractor A general contractor is an organization or individual that contracts with another organization or individual (the owner) for the construction of a building, road or any other execution of work or facility. in place by October.
Designed by international architects, Grimshaw, the central feature of the Fulton Street Transit Center is a 110 foot glass and steel dome that rises high above the underground hub and funnels daylight deep below street level. But while spectacular in look, the transit center is being hailed as the key to unraveling a maze of downtown subway lines.
Construction of the project is being managed by the MTA's Capital Construction Company and, once complete in 2008, the center will connect virtually every mode of transit in Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan is generally defined as the area delineated on the north by Chambers Street, on the west by the Hudson River (North .
At a special ceremony to mark start of construction last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born 14 February 1942) is an American businessman, and the founder of Bloomberg L.P., currently serving as the Mayor of New York City. He was a general partner at Salomon Brothers before founding the financial software service company in 1981. said the center will make access to the streets and the station platforms, and transfers from line to line, simpler and more convenient for hundreds of thousands of people every day.
The Dey Street concourse is the first of several elements to start construction as part of the overall project.
Other elements include the renovation of the Fulton Street Fulton Street is a common name..
In New York City, the name is frequently associated with Robert Fulton, who invented a steam boat.
The complex is currently a jumble of subway lines and passageways built by competing transit companies in the early 20th century that are difficult and confusing to navigate. Adding to the confusion are passengers transferring among the lines who are distributed unevenly on platforms, creating boarding and service delays, particularly on the busy Lexington Avenue 4/5 lines.
Above ground, the subway entrances will be corrected to provide relief to the congested con·gest·ed
Affected with or characterized by congestion.
congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion. sidewalks. The 2/3 and southern portions of the 4/5 station rehab are expected to be completed in 2006, and the Dey Street concourse will be open in 2007. When fully completed in 2008, the Fulton Street Transit Center will provide improved facilities for the over 275,000 daily riders.
Governor George Pataki George Elmer Pataki (born June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 57th Governor of New York serving from January 1995 until January 1, 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party and was seen as a possible 2000 and 2008 Presidential candidate. said, "This project fulfills the promise we made to the business community after 9/11--to make getting around downtown easier and more seamless.
"In addition to dramatically improving travel into and out of the nation's third largest central business district, this project will make the complex accessible to the disabled and will ensure Lower Manhattan's rightful spot as the financial capital of the world." Association for a Better New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of chairman, William C. Rudin said the transit center plays a "critical role" in the area's ongoing redevelopment. "Transportation infrastructure is of the highest priority in order to keep Downtown's competitive advantage."
And Ric Clark, president of Brookfield Properties Brookfield Properties Corporation TSX: BPO NYSE: BPO is a Toronto-based North American commercial real estate company. Brookfield Asset Management owns 50% of its outstanding common shares. , which owns most of the World Financial Center, added, "The connectivity and accessibility of Downtown's critical transportation lines is a very important step in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. The Fulton Transit Center will be invaluable in allowing the business community to tap into one of Downtown's inherent advantages, extensive subway services."