Photos That Will Make You Want To Ride The PATH Train

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 02:09 PM

Port Authority Opens New NJ PATH Train Platform At World Trade Center (Andrew Burton/Getty)

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."

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

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."

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

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.

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

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."

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

(Andrew Burton/Getty)

The slurry wall, built in 1968 as part of the original WTC, was retained.


Comments [14]

Thenewsjunkie from Brooklyn

This the most expensive subway station ever built. They call it a transportation hub but it's not. It's just a terminus for Path subway trains. The decision to build this needlessly grandiose Path subway station at the World Trade Center was based purely on emotions. It's a complete waste of money that could have been put to better use elsewhere. Toll hikes at the Port Authority's bridges and tunnels might have been staved off if they hadn't made the decision to spend $4 billion on the Path WTC station. And white marble? Who is going to pay for the upkeep of that? What for? So that 50,000 people could have a visually pleasurable experience for 10-15 seconds of their day? What a boondoggle for the contractors who had to design and build this thing.

Mar. 03 2014 01:54 AM
slowdream101 from nj

I'm not interested in riding these cattle cars filled with smelly people

Mar. 01 2014 08:59 AM

Path fails again. As a daily rider, I can tell you that while nice looking, this is one of the most asinine designs for a station I can think of. First, they have about 2 escalators in each direction and 2 sets of stairs at both ends of the platform. At rush hour, you have massive bottlenecks as everyone tries to get off near an escalator. This gives you a few overcrowded path cars, and a bunch of empty ones. If that wasn't dumb enough, they used white marble, which gets dirty easily and is slippery as hell when its wet. What a complete disaster...path should be embarrassed

Feb. 28 2014 03:47 PM
C Barton from New Jersey

Historically, PATH is the oldest running system, and thus serves a well-planned purpose. Considering that all other trains go to NY Penn, the PATH is the choice for those going to Tribeca, Park Row, and other areas south.
I will say that the platforms at WTC are not the most user-friendly and could use more benches and a concession stand, etc. Also, the total lack of waste receptacles there is a royal bother. Security, and all that, I guess.

Feb. 27 2014 03:42 PM
Ken Houghton from NY, NY

Erik Griswold - No, they weren't. All of the photos are from Getty Images. PR shots, basically.

Feb. 27 2014 12:34 PM
Spencer Gelband from Hoboken, NJ

$4 billion apparently includes $0 for passenger safety platform barriers such as those which have been installed on the newest Paris Metro Line (14) and London's newer Jubilee line stations, and have recently been discussed for the NYC subways? Is safety too expensive?

Feb. 26 2014 09:06 PM
Barry Kramer from Manhattan

The $4 billion cost mentioned in the photo-spread is certainly an eye-popper, but critics who commented should realize that it isn't just for the PATH station. It's for the entire underground transportation hub that stretches for blocks around the WTC, and that when finished will link many of the subway lines that converge on the area and the PATH system for the hundreds of thousands of workers and tourists who descend on the area every day. It isn't just for PATH riders, but also for workers and travelers from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx who work in or visit the Wall Street area. The hub was much needed even before 9/11 and should ease the crowded surface streets where pedestrians and vehicles have competed in a dangerous dance for more than 100 years. I have no horse in this race; I'm just a New Yorker who worked for 35 years in the area and traveled to work on the subway and had to deal with the transportation chaos daily.

Feb. 26 2014 07:10 PM
jack from Jersey Coty

Just a few weeks ago i read the station was costing "only" $2B. Are we really up to $4B now? Its really quite unbelievable to think that a train station could really cost that kind of money.

No wonder Christie was skeptical that he ARC tunnel could have been built for the budgeted $8B....If the stations on each end cost $4B each, there would be no money left for the tunnel.

Anyway once you take the PATH to Jersey City, you will get to see the other side of the coin. Grove St Station, worn down with no handicap access, Journal Square station as one of the most unattractive buildings ever built. I will give PATH credit for keeping them clean however.

Feb. 26 2014 06:24 PM
Lee Gelber from Astoria

A 4 billion dollar station for 50,000 passengers? Did anyone at the Port Authority talk to people from Valencia, Spain, or Calgary,Canada about Calatrava?

Feb. 26 2014 10:50 AM
Joy Simon from North Carolina

"No one could have foresaw"? Good thing Mr. Plate is Director of Construction and not Director of Communications! Could the reporter not have made the grammatical correction?

Feb. 26 2014 10:44 AM
Marika from Hoboken

For someone who rode the PATH train from Hoboken to the WTC on 9/11, this story and the efforts that have been taken to honor the station's history in a beautiful way is a real boost. Thank you.

Feb. 26 2014 08:58 AM
Josh from NJ

I like this piece's headline. This would be the ONLY thing that may make you want to ride PATH. My least favorite transit system in the region.

Feb. 26 2014 08:37 AM
Ted from NYC

"could have foresaw" ?

Feb. 26 2014 08:14 AM
Erik Griswold

You were actually allowed to take pictures down in the station? Wow. PATH is notorious for their Soviet-era policies on photography.

Feb. 25 2014 07:22 PM

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