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New York - With Transit Hub, New York's World Trade Center Taking Shape

Published on: May 6, 2013 09:09 PM
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Workers lift the first above ground piece of steel into place at the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York May 6, 2013. Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to neighboring New Jersey. REUTERS/Eric ThayerWorkers lift the first above ground piece of steel into place at the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York May 6, 2013. Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to neighboring New Jersey. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

New York -  With the blast of an airhorn, ironworkers on Monday began bolting into place the first of 610 steel pieces of the soaring wing-like arches of the World Trade Center’s new transportation hub.

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Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to neighboring New Jersey.

One official called the rising of the arches a “significant milestone” in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, which was destroyed by hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

“We will not, at this site, allow us to be defined as a people by those events,” said Steve Plate, director of construction for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center site.

Although the Port Authority has pared back some aspects of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s design, including fixing in place the steel-and-glass arches that were once intended to be retractable, the cost of the project has almost doubled from its original estimate to nearly $4 billion.

Calatrava has said his design was intended to evoke a white dove taking flight.

PATH commuter trains have been running in and out of the site since shortly after the attacks with a makeshift entrance at the surface. Beset by years of delays, the rebuilt World Trade Center site is taking form.

A worker is seen at the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York May 6, 2013. Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to neighboring New Jersey. REUTERS/Eric ThayerA worker is seen at the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York May 6, 2013. Not due to open until 2015, the 800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) transit hub will eventually link numerous New York City subway lines with commuter trains and ferry services to neighboring New Jersey. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The National September 11 Memorial, constructed around the footprints of the fallen twin towers, opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011, although the accompanying museum is still under construction.

Workers last week moved into place the final pieces of the spire atop One World Trade Center, the site’s tallest skyscraper, which when completed, will reach 1,776 feet.


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 May 06, 2013 at 09:14 PM Aryeh Says:

In 13 years, I could have built it myself

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 May 06, 2013 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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In 13 years, I could have built it myself

I know this is a sarcastic comment deriding the lengthy completion time, but I seriously doubt you could have built this by yourself even in 100 years with current technology.

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 May 07, 2013 at 07:20 AM Dan Silagi Says:

what this article failed to mention was that this monument to extravagance and waste cost the taxpayers and toll-payers $3.4 BILLION to build (and counting) which is more than One World Trade cost ($3.1 billion).

Every time you fork over almost $10 (with E-Z pass) to cross the G.W. Bridge, be aware that most of that most of that money doesn't go to maintain the bridge, or even pay the few remaining human toll collectors; it goes towards building this totally unnecessary building. At least One World Trade will recapture its initial investment through rent paid by the lessees. This?

If I were Gov. Christie, I'd personally SIT on the chest of the Port Authority until he rolled back these plans and instead built a structure that gets the job done, at perhaps 1/10th the cost. And I'd keep sitting on him until he rolled back the tolls to what they were 5 years ago, too.

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 May 07, 2013 at 08:18 AM Anonymous Says:

can't wait for the cost over runs to come out on this poorly planned and poorly constructed boondoggle of a project. I come here every morning since day one and see the poor workmanship and the waste that has gone into the project. just take the A train to Fulton street and walk up the 90 steps to street level and you will clearly see what I am talking about. Come soon before they cover up the rotten beams and rusted pipes so that they can do it over again in a couple of years. what a waste of taxpayer money

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