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Cortlandt Street subway, demolished on 9/11, is now open

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The 1 train is stopping at the station once again

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This year will mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and one of the final pieces of the larger World Trade Center rebuilding puzzle—the Cortlandt Street subway station, which was destroyed on 9/11—is finally open. The MTA unveiled the new subway stop, dubbed WTC Cortlandt, over the weekend, just three days before the 9/11 anniversary.

The new station has been constructed in the footprint of the old one, but will have some of the modern improvements found at newer subway stops—notably wheelchair access, and air tempering, which keeps platforms cooler on brutally hot days. (It’s already in use at the 1 stop at South Ferry, along with the Second Avenue subway stops.)

There’s also a new piece of art: Ann Hamilton created an installation, titled “Chorus,” that incorporates text from the Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which can be seen on the platform level.

The new station is part of the larger World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which links multiple subway lines across several stations (the Fulton Street transit center, the E at World Trade Center, and the R at Cortlandt Street among them) and the PATH. Though the Oculus, the most visible piece of the WTC hub, cost more than $4 billion, the new Cortlandt station had a comparatively low price tag of $158 million.


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