By Chux Odoh
On this day Seventeen years ago, the Cortlandt Street subway station was destroyed in the Osama Bin Laden led terrorist attacks, in New York after countless tons of debris collapsed into it following a hit on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre.
However, on September 9, three days before the anniversary of the deadly attack, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subway system, unveiled a new reconstructed station which has now been renamed WTC Cortlandt.
“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,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement. “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.
The old Cortlandt Street station which was first opened on July 1, 1918 and the station connected residents along the No. 1 line on Manhattan’s west side to the World Trade Center.
Rebuilding the station cost a whopping $181 million according to The Associated Press and its fitted with an air-tempered ventilation system, elevator access from the street and a white marble mosaic by artist Ann Hamilton which carries a text from the Declaration of Independence and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Other changes to the new station include fewer columns, which allows for more space on both platforms — a move intended to ease navigation for wheelchair users.
The new WTC Cortlandt station is now fully accessible, according to the MTA. The station has elevator access from the street on its southbound platform and elevators for each platform from the mezzanine.
Construction work on the new station began in 2015 but was slowed by bureaucracy and missed deadlines, according to reports by CBS New York.
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