World Trade Center subway station finally reopens

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The collapsed subway tunnel at the Cortlandt Street World Trade Center station after the 9/11 attack.
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Artist Ann Hamilton poses with her work "Chorus" at Saturday's reopening of the WTC-Cortlandt subway station.
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NEW YORK — After 17 years, the World Trade Center again has a subway station.

At noon on Saturday, Sept. 8, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally re-opened its station for the No. 1 train at the site. It was one of the last parts of the post-9/11 2001 recovery.

The original station, Cortlandt Street, opened in July 1918 as part of the Interborough Rapid Transit System extension to South Ferry at the tip of Southern Manhattan. When the construction of the original World Trade Center started in the 1960s, the old station was torn down.The rebuilt station became an integral part of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority-owned WTC complex after its opening in 1966, and was renovated in the mid-1970s.

Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything. The collapse of the World Trade Center towers caved in part of the No. 1 line subway tunnel at the station and between stations. The herculean task of rebuilding the line from Chambers Street to South Ferry started soon thereafter. By January 2002, the part of the tunnel that served that station was daylighted; three months later, the damaged portion of the subway had been completely removed. The line was reopened that fall; given complexities of reconstruction and rebuilding at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center Station was not able to be reopened. Remaining parts of the 1966 station were taken away 11 years ago.

In October 2008, the Port Authority reported it had reached agreement with the MTA on rebuilding the station. Disputes between the Port Authority and MTA over who would pay for the renovation pushed back the opening from 2014 to 2018.

Construction began in 2015 when MTA was given control of the location within the Port Authority’s World Trade Center site. By this past June, the station wiring was complete, and architectural finishes, turnstiles, elevators and escalators were being installed.

The renamed WTC Cortlandt station includes new ADA-compliant entrances with elevators, track-intrusion systems, fire alarms, help points, closed-circuit TV cameras, countdown clocks and air conditioning. There is now all-weather direct access to Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains via the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The station features a new mosaic by artist Ann Hamilton featuring text from the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Those attending the reopening included MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford, and the artist Hamilton.

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