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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fulton Street Transit Center open sky light Fulton Street Transit Center open sky light (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The Cortland Street subway station near Ground Zero, damaged in the 9/11 attacks, has been under construction much of the time since then. (It was fully open between 2002 and 2005.) The MTA says the station will be fully operational again by the 10th anniversary in two months. That's when southbound R service will be restored.

A half-mile long connection hub, known as the Fulton Street Transit Center, is also still under construction. WNYC got to take a sneak peek of the sprawling complex, which is now a busy construction site. 

As part of the renovation process, tiles and mosaics have been restored and installed in new settings throughout the station. More pragmatically, The MTA says there should be less crowding and more space for 300,000 people who they expect to use the Fulton Transit Center on a typical weekday. A new entrance to the William Street station should be open by the end of this month.

The MTA expects the entire project to be done by 2014. Over the following two years, the MTA and NY-NJ Port Authority will forge links between the Fulton Transit Center and the World Trade Center and PATH Train. When that work is done, riders will be able to walk underground from the Winter Garden on the edge of the Hudson River to the William Street subway stop, which is six blocks from South Street Seaport. That's 7/10ths of a mile.

 

Original tiles from the McAlpin Hotel at Penn Station, brought to the William Street station, which is expected to open on July 31.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Original tiles from the McAlpin Hotel at Penn Station, brought to the William Street station, which is expected to open on July 31.

New frosted glass tiles at William Street station.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New frosted glass tiles at William Street station.

The Cortland Street station remains closed on the south bound track.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The Cortland Street station remains closed on the south bound track, but is expected to open by September 11.

Old PATH train sign uncovered during renovations.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Old PATH train sign uncovered during renovations.

Old brick work uncovered during renovations.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Old brick work uncovered during renovations beneath the Corbin Building on Broadway.

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.

Preparing the Fulton Street Transit Center stairways for new tiles.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Preparing the Fulton Street Transit Center stairways for new tiles.

The new Fulton Street Transit Center.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The new Fulton Street Transit Center.

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

New tile work under construction at Fulton Street transit complex.

Fulton Street Transit Center open sky light
Stephen Nessen/WNYC
The Fulton Transit Center under construction, back in 2011

Fulton Street Transit Center open sky light.

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Comments [5]

Dan P from Manhattan

I like the two restored design pieces (the gate and marine tile) from the McAlphin Hotel. It is a nice way to tastefully restore items from New York City's design past.

Aug. 02 2011 09:45 AM
Kate

Matt: check out this TN article, it talks about the oculus: http://transportationnation.org/2011/07/13/reconstructed-fulton-transit-center-partly-damaged-on-911-starts-opening/

Jul. 13 2011 07:56 PM
V

Yes, where is the audio? From this morning's interview as well, where "Oculus" was declared WNYC's word of the day.

Jul. 13 2011 10:09 AM

I caught the tail end of Stephen's interview this afternoon during a scheduled break from ATC. Is the audio posted somewhere on the website? Did the MTA revert to the original plan for building the oculus?

Jul. 13 2011 12:58 AM
Annie B

Very cool. I always loved the old tilework. Do you mean Sneak Peek?

Jul. 12 2011 08:14 PM

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