New York opens new World Trade Center subway station

The station was opened after the original station was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.

NEW York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) opened the new WTC Cortlandt subway station at midday on September 8, replacing the original station in Lower Manhattan which was completely destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

The new station is fully accessible, with one elevator for access from the street to the southbound platform, and an elevator from the mezzanine to each platform. The station provides a main accessible transfer point given its location adjacent to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which offers connections to 11 subway lines via the Cortland Street, World Trade Center and the Fulton Center subway stations, and to Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) service.

Construction began in 2015 when the MTA was given control of the site, which is located within the greater World Trade Center site overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The station box, which houses the station shell and structure, had to be supported by piles driven into the bedrock more than 18m below, creating an underground railway elevated above the bedrock. The station site was then built, allowing the construction of a 213m-long and 14m-wide subway station several floors below street level.

The new station has been constructed with fewer columns, providing direct views into the Transportation Hub for more intuitive wayfinding and customer flow, particularly for mobility-impaired customers.

The station includes modern amenities and security features, including help point kiosks on each platform and the two station mezzanines, which allow customers to recieve information or call for help in an emergency. The station is also air-conditioned to maintain a comfortable environment, and includes two new fan plants, which provide air circulation and emergency ventilation. The new station’s name references its location at the centre of the World Trade Center and Cortlandt Street, which existed above the station location when the One Line originally opened in July 1918 but was demolished during the construction of the World Trade Center in the late 1960s.

“The opening of WTC Cortlandt returns a subway station to a vibrant neighbourhood and represents a major milestone in the recovery and growth of downtown Manhattan,” says MTA chairman, Mr Joseph Lhota. “WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station. It is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site.”