World Trade Center PATH station all set to open ahead of schedule.Lower Manhattan's reconstruction will get a significant boost Nov. 23 when a temporary PATH station opens on the former World Trade Center site, one month ahead of schedule.
The occasion will mark the first day since the terrorist attacks that any trains have run from the site. The last time a train pulled out of the World Trade Center station was at 9:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, 49 minutes before the South Tower collapsed.
The station is expected to serve commuters from New Jersey until 2006, when a permanent station will be operational. About 280 PATH trains will arrive at the station on a typical workday.
About 160,000 riders commute daily to Manhattan by PATH train from New Jersey, a reduction from 260,000 before Sept. 11, according to according to
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3. the Port Authority. About 67,000 passengers used the World Trade Center station as their arrival and departure point before the terrorist attacks.
Gov. 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. praised the arrival of the new station at a speech last month at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City.
"When those first commuters step onto the new PATH platform, they will also set foot into a new Lower Manhattan--one that speaks to our bright future," Pataki said.
Nearby, the commuters will witness the construction of a new 52-story 7 World Trade Center and a new Con Edison substation, which Gov Pataki said will be fully operational by August 2004.
The new station was part of a $566 million Port Authority plan to restore service between New Jersey and Manhattan. The Port Authority has spent an additional $106 million to restore the PATH tunnels below the Hudson River Hudson River
River, New York, U.S. Originating in the Adirondack Mountains and flowing for about 315 mi (507 km) to New York City, it was named for Henry Hudson, who explored it in 1609. Dutch settlement of the Hudson valley began in 1629. . The tunnels' interiors were stripped to remove and replace all equipment that was damaged by flooding on Sept. 11, 2001, including track, electrical wiring Electrical wiring in general refers to insulated conductors used to carry electricity, and associated devices. This article describes general aspects of electrical wiring as used to provide power in buildings and structures, commonly referred to as building wiring. and signals.
The Exchange Place station, which also was damaged by flooding after the attacks, has been rehabilitated, with new track, electrical equipment A piece of electrical equipment is a machine, powered by electricity and usually consists of an enclosure, a variety of electrical components and often a power switch. Examples of Electrical Equipment
The plan was funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating emergency planning, preparedness, risk reduction, response, and recovery. The agency works closely with state and local governments by funding emergency programs and providing technical funds, money from the Port Authority budget and insurance proceeds.
The site's permanent PATH station, which is expected to cost about $2 billion, has been drawn to stand on the temporary station's site by Ground Zero master planner Daniel Libeskind Daniel Libeskind, (born May 12, 1946 in Łódź, Poland) is a Polish-born Jewish American architect, who has designed many prominent and celebrated buildings, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Imperial War Museum , who is now in discussions with David Childs David M. Childs (born 1941 Princeton, New Jersey) is the Consulting Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who has projects all over the world and now is designing the Freedom Tower in New York. , the architect hired by World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein Larry A. Silverstein (born 1932 in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York) is an American billionaire real estate investor and operator and the head of Silverstein Properties, a real estate development group. .
Santiago Calatrava Santiago Calatrava Valls (born July 28, 1951) is an internationally recognized and award-winning Spanish architect and structural engineer whose principal office is in Zurich, Switzerland. , a world-renowned architect who has designed transportation structures in Lisbon, Portugal and Valencia, Spain, has been retained by the Port Authority to design the new station.
The permanent station also is slated to have underground connections to the 1, 9, N, R and E subway lines and an all-weather pedestrian connection in several directions, including a walkway to the World Financial Center and another walkway to the Metropolitan Transit Authority's proposed Fulton Street transportation hub, which would serve as a connection point for the 2, 3, 4, 5, J, M, Z, A and C lines.
"The permanent PATH terminal, which is projected to be part of a World Trade Center transportation hub is currently in the environmental review process," said Greg Trevor, a spokesman for the Port Authority.
The temporary station has been built quickly for the purpose of allowing New Jersey commuters to quickly access Lower Manhattan. More modern amenities such as heat and air conditioning will not be available, Trevor said. However, the facility is handicapped accessible.