A New York subway station at the site of the former World Trade Center has re-opened, 17 years after its infrastructure was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Cortlandt Street station was partially buried under rubble during the collapse of the Twin Towers in 2001 and hasn’t been in operation since then.
The station was on the subway system’s No. 1 line, and the reconstruction was delayed until the rebuilding of the surrounding towers was underway. Now called WTC Cortlandt, renovation work began in 2015 and it cost $181m (€155m) to build. The station has fewer columns along the platforms for increased manoeuvrability, particularly for mobility-impaired customers using wheelchairs or motorised scooters. One of its outstanding features is a wall that contains text from the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The new WTC Cortlandt station on the 1 line is now open to the public. It’s fully accessible, has fewer columns for easier customer flow, and is also air-tempered to keep you cooler on hot days. pic.twitter.com/A5DaiBb06w
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 8, 2018
The new station’s name references its location at the center of the World Trade Center and Cortlandt Street, which existed above the station location when the 1 Subway line originally opened in July 1918. The street was demolished during the construction of the World Trade Center in the late 1960s. Since the 9/11 attacks, Lower Manhattan has undergone major construction to restore the area as a business district, tourist destination and transportation hub. The new station will be useful to those visiting the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the memorial park, Liberty Park, which are located mere steps away from the station.
“All roads lead to Lower Manhattan,” says Jessica Lappin, president of Alliance for Downtown New York. “This neighborhood is one of the best-connected places in the city with unparalleled access to public transportation by subways, ferries, buses and bikes, and that has played a major role in our recovery. Not only does the opening of the WTC Cortlandt station mark a physical milestone in the WTC efforts, but it brings a renewed sense of pride across the Downtown community.”
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