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PATH Opens First Phase of World Trade Center Hub

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) recently opened the first phase of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Oculus, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The 100,000 daily riders who use the PATH facility in Lower Manhattan now have below-ground, climate-controlled access to a new entrance a few blocks from Wall Street. In subsequent weeks, the eastern entrance to the Oculus will open, providing PATH riders with direct access to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Fulton Street Transit Center, which serves 11 MTA New York City Transit subway lines. A third new access will open in late spring.

“The World Trade Center PATH Hub was a challenging project for the agency in terms of timetable and costs, but the men and women of the Port Authority and the contractors who worked on this nationally important infrastructure project should be rightly proud of their efforts,” said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “We trust the Oculus will serve a vital transportation need for the region while becoming an important landmark for the metropolitan area and nation in the decades to come.”

The facility also will house retail shops and will provide below-ground access for PATH commuters heading to jobs in the vicinity and, ultimately, street-level access to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning an opening ceremony as the Oculus becomes fully operational.
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