Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Photos That Will Make You Want To Ride The PATH Train
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 02:09 PM
The Port Authority has opened a new platform at its World Trade Center station, giving commuters a glimpse of a transportation hub that's been in the works for years.
The new "Platform A" will serve PATH trains going between the WTC and Hoboken. It features new lighting, speakers, illuminated signs, escalators, and elevators—but it also preserves a piece of the original World Trade Center.
It's "a beautiful platform, about 15 feet wide, that will receive trains for decades to come," said Steven Plate, director of construction at the WTC. "The design, architecture, truly makes a statement, and that statement is we're back, and we're better than ever."
Although the World Trade Center was destroyed during 9/11, a 1968 slurry wall was left standing.
Plate said the wall "wasn't really designed to handle the load it took, because no one could have foresaw that load against it, but it withstood that. So as a result it shows not just the resiliency of the people, but the resiliency of the structures created by the hands and energy of all those people."
Officials said the new platform will help expand that PATH's capability. Currently, the site handles 100,000 passengers each day. But Stephen Kingsberry, who manages the PATH system, says it will "have the capacity of serving up to 160,000 passengers daily."
Construction on the World Trade Center transportation hub, with its Calatrava-designed entrance, is ongoing, and expected to be completed in 2015. It will cost an estimated $4 billion.
Plate said the art on the walls was created after 9/11 by art students in Europe "who wanted us to know they're behind us, they're with us, and they care about us."
The slurry wall, built in 1968 as part of the original WTC, was retained.