$4 Billion Transportation Center Opening at Site of World Trade Center


New York City reaches another milestone in the effort to rebuild after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks with Thursday’s opening of a $4 billion transportation hub.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the facility with its striking white steel ribs and glass rising out of the ground next to where the Twin Towers once stood.

It combines retail shops with a massive commuter rail station that includes links to 11 subway lines.

The hub is long overdue and over budget, with Calatrava’s plans first announced in 2004 and an estimated completion in 2009 at a price of $2 billion. The final cost is roughly equal to the price tag of One World Trade Center, the 540-meter twisting tower that now anchors the site.

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