Press Release Article


Date: Jan 07, 2004
Press Release Number: 2-2004

Design to Feature Glass-and-Steel Grand Point of Arrival,
Natural Lighting on PATH Platforms

Santiago Calatrava – the world-famous architect designing the Port Authority’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub – will publicly present the design on January 22 in New York City, New York Governor George E. Pataki and New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey announced today.

The Port Authority announced last summer that the Downtown Design Partnership, in association with Mr. Calatrava, would design the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The partnership is led by the joint venture of DMJM + Harris and STV Group, Inc. – two of the nation’s most successful and respected architectural-engineering firms.

The $2 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub is expected to feature:

  • A spectacular glass-and-steel Grand Point of Arrival that will become a major architectural landmark.

  • A permanent PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) terminal that will serve tens of thousands of daily commuters between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan, as well as millions of annual visitors to the World Trade Center Memorial.

  • Pedestrian connections that will significantly improve access to PATH, ferries and subway lines across Lower Manhattan. By 2020, these connections are expected to accommodate 250,000 daily commuters and visitors.

  • Natural lighting on the PATH platforms approximately 60 feet below street level.

Governor Pataki said, “Akin to Midtown’s Grand Central Terminal, Santiago Calatrava’s design for the new and permanent World Trade Center Transportation Hub for Lower Manhattan will serve as an architectural icon for the ages, born of hope and forged of steel and glass. It will create a new grand civic space for Lower Manhattan, carrying natural light down to the platforms and into a place once made dark by evil.”

Governor McGreevey said, “The Port Authority’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will significantly benefit the tens of thousands of New Jersey residents who work in Lower Manhattan – easing their commute to Wall Street, the World Financial Center and subway connections. This state-of-the-art transportation system also will enable millions of visitors to the World Trade Center Memorial to pay their respects to the heroes of September 11, 2001.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The Port Authority is committed to rebuilding the World Trade Center site by respecting and honoring those who were lost, providing state-of-the-art transportation facilities, and strengthening the economy of Lower Manhattan and the entire region. Santiago Calatrava’s inspiring design will reflect this agency’s commitment and will complement the other iconic elements of the World Trade Center site – the Freedom Tower, the Wedge of Light and the Memorial.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “A world-class mass-transportation system is essential for the continued economic recovery of Lower Manhattan. With one-third of all the people who work in Lower Manhattan coming from New Jersey and millions of square feet of downtown office space up for renewal in the next few years, we must ensure that Lower Manhattan’s infrastructure has the ability to accommodate a revitalized neighborhood.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “The World Trade Center Transportation Hub will rival Grand Central Terminal as an architectural achievement and as an economic catalyst. For the first time in a century, Lower Manhattan’s knotted mass-transit network will be untangled. Santiago Calatrava’s work, which will be presented months ahead of schedule, will strike the appropriate balance between beauty and function, comfortably and conveniently meeting the needs of Lower Manhattan residents, commuters and visitors to the World Trade Center Memorial for decades to come.”

Mr. Calatrava said, “I was honored and humbled to be asked by DMJM + Harris and STV to contribute to the rebirth of the World Trade Center site. It is my hope that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will one day be considered an important contribution to New York City’s rich architectural history, joining such transportation icons as Grand Central Terminal and Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.”

The permanent World Trade Center Transportation Hub is scheduled to begin serving passengers in 2006. It is expected to include underground pedestrian connections to New York City subway stations on the 1/9, N/R and E lines, as well as connections to the 2, 3, 4, 5, J, M, Z, A and C lines at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed Fulton Street Transit Center.

The Port Authority is in the middle of an environmental review process for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which is being developed in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration.

A temporary PATH station opened at the World Trade Center site on November 23, 2003. The temporary station – the final piece of the Port Authority’s $566 million program to restore PATH service as quickly as possible between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan – was the first public space to open within the World Trade Center site since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The temporary station is an open-air facility that provides a basic level of passenger service. It does not include many of the customer amenities that existed in the World Trade Center PATH station prior to September 11, 2001, such as heating, air conditioning and rest rooms. Those customer amenities will be restored in the permanent World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The Port Authority began service on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system, more commonly known as PATH, in 1962 after taking over the system from the bankrupt Hudson and Manhattan Railroad. The system was originally built in 1908, and the tunnels linking New York and New Jersey were the first passenger rail connections between the two states.

Before September 11, 2001, the PATH rapid-transit system of 13 stations carried approximately 260,000 daily passengers between New York and New Jersey. Today, PATH carries approximately 180,000 daily passengers. Prior to September 11, 2001, approximately 67,000 daily passengers boarded PATH at the World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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