After over 10 years and about $4 billion, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub's Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus is set to open in early March, Politico New York reported. The structure has been plagued by cost overruns, the price having just about doubled. The official World Trade Center website says it will deliver "unmatched mass transit," connecting 11 subway lines (A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), the PATH system, several MTA bus routes, ferry service, and parking garages.
The report said that the new hub will serve 200,000 passengers, about a third of the 600,000 currently served by Penn Station. The temporary World Trade Center PATH station serves 44,000.
Cost overruns and other delays have not been easy on Calatrava. "I have been treated like a dog," he told the Wall Street Journal.
Not date was cited for the mall's opening, but it has been plagued by leaks. The new Eataly outpost, however, will open in the spring.
· Sources: World Trade Center Oculus to open in March [Politico New York]
· WTC Transportation Hub [Official]
· World Trade Center Station's Troubles Take Toll on Architect [WSJ]