The state-of-the-art World Trade Center Transportation Hub, when completed in 2016, will serve 250,000 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. Westfield 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.
When completed, the “Oculus” will serve as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, incorporating 78,000 square feet of multi level state of the art retail and dining. The concourses emanating from the Oculus, when complete, will link the entirety of the site above and below grade, with an additional 290,000 square feet of exciting, multi-level retail and dining space, making the World Trade Center a destination location as the focal point of 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.