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The state-of-the-art World Trade Center Transportation Hub, when completed in 2015, will serve over 200,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world. At approximately 800,000 square feet, the Hub, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, will be the third largest transportation center in New York City, rivaling Grand Central Station in size. In a joint venture with the Westfield Group, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will develop, lease and operate a major retail space at the WTC site, including in the Transit Hub.

The WTC Transportation Hub's concourse will conveniently connect visitors to 11 different subway lines, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the World Trade Center Memorial Site, WTC Towers 1, 2, 3, and 4, the World Financial Center and the Winter Garden. It will represent the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City.

The Hub features an "Oculus” design, which will give the facility a distinctive, wing-like appearance. When completed, the "Oculus,” the upper portion of the Transportation Hub, will serve as the main concourse. Incorporating 225,000 square feet of exciting, multi-level retail and restaurant space along all concourses, the Hub promises to be a destination location, becoming the centerpiece for the entire Lower Manhattan district.

Close-by to the Transportation Hub is the Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility (VSC) construction project. As part of a comprehensive plan developed by the Port Authority, the VSC will be a state-of-the-art security screening checkpoint for all buses, trucks and cars accessing the WTC site and parking facilities. When complete, this structure will reach five stories underground into a basement with connecting ramps leading to the parking and below-grade facilities of all of the adjacent projects on the 16-acre WTC site.

 

WTC Transportation Hub Construction Status

  • The main transit hall is 365 feet long, 90 feet longer than the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal.
  • West Concourse opened to the public on October 24, 2013.
  • Platform A opened to the public on February 15, 2014.
  • Over 12,500 tons of specially designed structural steel has been used to construct the WTC Transportation Hub Oculus , which is equivalent to the mass of 880 average sized school buses.
  • Design of the Hub includes fully integrated, climate-controlled concourses, mezzanines and platforms featuring high performance lighting and elegant finishes.
  • The Vierendeel Truss, serves as the “backbone” for the mezzanine roof and acts as a support for the northeast corner of the WTC Memorial. The truss weighs over 270 tons.

VSC Construction Status

  • The VSC will be the checkpoint though which vehicles heading to the below grade space will process through.
  • The VSC is currently screening vehicle deliveries to the WTC site.
  • The weight of the steel reinforcing bars used in the VSC slurry walls is equivalent to one tenth of the total weight of the Eiffel Tower.
  • The VSC's design calls for more than 10,000 tons of structural steel, which is the equivalent in weight to approximately 5,350 average sized cars.
  • The VSC's slurry walls are reinforced with 700 tons of steel, the weight of about 18 wheel Tractor Trailer Trucks.
  • There is over 10,500 tons of structural steel in the VSC.