The Making of the New $4 Billion WTC Transit Hub

The new transportation hub at the World Trade Center in New York City is on schedule to open early March. The hub, with its distinctive winglike ribs designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, will connect the PATH commuter trains from New Jersey with the New York subway system as well as the trans-Hudson ferries. Here’s a look at the project from its start in 2005 to its nearly complete state.

Breaking Ground in 2005


Sofia Calatrava, center, daughter of architect Santiago Calatrava, releases doves during the ceremony to break ground on the hub. Calatrava stands to the left of his daughter with then-Senator Hillary Clinton, from left, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Minetta, former New York Governor George Pataki, former New Jersey Governor Richard Cody, and former New Jersey Senators Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg on Sept. 6, 2005.

Summer of 2013

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Looking down at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum with the hub under construction in the center. One World Trade Center stands under construction in the upper left.

March 2014

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The hub, under construction on the left, before getting its wings in March 2014.

Sept. 2014

WTC Anniversary

Photographer: Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images

The upper portion of hub, know as the Oculus, with its wings taking shape in September 2014.

End of 2015

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The hub overlooking the memorial’s north reflecting pool.

The Architect

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Architect Santiago Calatrava looks over the new World Trade Center PATH train station he designed in New York, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. The total cost of the World Trade Center rebuilding project will come in at the lower end of the $14.8 billion to $15.8 billion range projected four years ago, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official said. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Santiago Calatrava

Photographer: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

February 2016

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The cost estimate was contained in a 2012 report commissioned by the agency’s board as it struggled under criticism that spending at the lower Manhattan development site was getting out of control, said Steve Plate, chief of major capital projects for the Port Authority.

Finishing Touches

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The total cost of the World Trade Center rebuilding project will come in at the lower end of the $14.8 billion-to-$15.8 billion range projected four years ago, a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey official said.

A Slice of Light

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The transit center will cost between $3.7 billion and $3.99 billion, which was the estimate given in a 2012 report. The exact figure won’t be known until the authority completes some construction contracts.

Prepared for a March Opening

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The hub is set to open to the public on March 3, 2016.

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