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The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) yesterday presented its 20th annual Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence to engineering and design firm Arup for its work as lead consultant on MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) Fulton Center in lower Manhattan.The award was presented yesterday at AREMA's annual conference and exposition in Chicago. The award honors the memory of William Walter Hay, a longtime association contributor and professor of railway civil engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Each year, AREMA bestows the award to projects that help boost safety, innovation and service performance reliability. This year, the association received seven submissions for the award, said Hay Award Committee Chairman Michael Franke.Opened in 2014, the Fulton Center provides transfers between 10 subway lines and six stations, including those serving the World Trade Center site, according to Arup's website.The $1.4 billion effort included the construction of the main transit center building, rehabilitation of four existing stations and construction of an underground pedestrian concourse. More than 300,000 people use the station each day, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In 2016, the MTA received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for the Fulton Center.