Subway Station Severely Damaged on 9/11 Now Fully Restored

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - 05:41 PM


NY MTA Chairman Jay Walder (center) cuts the ribbon on newly restored Cortlandt Street subway station. (Photo by NY MTA.) Also pictured (L to R) Assemb. Daniel Squadron, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Walder, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin

(New York, NY - WNYC) When the Twin Towers hit the ground on 9/11, large parts of the nearby Cortlandt Street subway station collapsed onto itself. Steel beams, concrete, conduit wires and assorted debris crashed down on the tracks, clogging and closing a key part of Downtown Manhattan's transportation system.

Ten years later, minus five days, the station has at last been fully renovated.

The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority joined various New York elected officials to cut the ribbon on the R line's new downtown platform, which has been closed since 2005.

"We made a commitment to fully reopen the Cortlandt Street station in time for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and we are here today to fulfill that commitment," said NY MTA chairman Jay Walder.

City Councilwoman Margaret Chin said ten years of near-constant construction at the site has served as an uneasy reminder of 9/11's long reach.

"It told us that the subway is not complete, we're still missing something," she said. "But now ten years later, we're finally going to open this station. And then when we take the R train, we're going to feel the sense of rebirth, that finally it's done."

The station was shuttered for a year after the attacks on September 11th. It operated under makeshift conditions from 2002 to 2005 before undergoing a series of partial closings that allowed for a thorough renovation and the addition of a new underground passageway.

This latest and final bout of work cost $20 million and was paid for by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and the NY MTA's capital construction budget.

The renovation restored twelve large ceramic murals installed in 1997 and collectively titled, "Trade, Treasure and Travel." The murals, which contain real and mythical creatures mingled with dollar signs and other signifiers of the nearby Financial District, were not damaged in the attacks. But they sat in storage until the station was ready to show them off again.

Cortlandt station mural (photo by Jim O'Grady/WNYC)



Comments [5]

Michael Carrigy

The "IRT" statiion Ed is referring to is still closed.

The "BMT" R train station is now reopened fully. Meaning both directions of service are now stopping at Cortlandt Street.

The IRT are any numbered lines constructed separately from the lettered lines, some of which are part of the BMT.

Sep. 07 2011 06:01 PM
Jim O'Grady

Michael, Here's an answer from the useful blog, 2nd Ave. Sagas: "As the southbound platform right now has no direct access to the street, straphangers must use the open part of the Dey St. underpass to exit on the northern side. The MTA will restore the southbound exit once construction above ground is complete."

Sep. 07 2011 12:10 PM
Jim O'Grady

Edward, good catch. We've removed the link and are looking for online pix of 9/11 damage to the R line (BMT) Cortlandt Street station. If anyone finds one, let us know. Thanks!

Sep. 07 2011 11:49 AM

I exit the R train this morning on the north bound platform, using the entrance/exit furthers North. (by the Hilton). I did not see and entrance for the south bound R train across the street. Does anyone know where an open entrance is? I did not use this station 10 years ago.

Sep. 07 2011 10:20 AM

The picture is of the reopening of the southbound tracks at the BMT Cortlandt Street Station. However, the station that suffered the most damage in the attacks was the IRT Cortlandt Street Station (also the one linked to in this story) - have both reopened or just the BMT southbound platform?

Sep. 06 2011 11:37 PM

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