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Architect unveils design plans for World Trade Center Transportation Hub


Last week, architect Santiago Calatrava unveiled design plans for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) $2 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

The design features a glass roof enabling natural light to reach platforms 60 feet below ground level. PANYNJ plans to open the roof will each year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The hub also would include a permanent Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) terminal, pedestrian connections to subway lines across lower Manhattan, open space in the Wedge of Light Plaza, additional access from Church Street to the Memorial District and state-of-the-art security.

Last summer, PANYNJ selected Downtown Design Partnership — comprising joint venture DMJM+Harris and STV Group Inc. — in association with Calatrava to design the facility. The PATH terminal is expected to be complete in 2006; the rest of the transportation hub, by 2009.