MTA inaugurates Fulton center
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated New York's biggest subway hub, Fulton Center on Sunday. It's a$1.4 billion hub and is located in lower Manhattan in New York. The hub will connect the new World Trade Center with the rest of the city. It's made up of glass and steel. The building is energy efficient and climate controlled.
The building features 90-foot-wide skylight. It will open on Monday at 5 am ET. "Welcome to the station of the 21st century," engineer Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA's Capital Construction who led the work, told a gathering of transit and political officials.
Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president said that it was a megaproject to inspire even though it was a high budget project and many delays occurred during construction.
As per officials, the transit complex will be Lower Manhattan's next great public space. The federal government provided 90 percent funds for the project and New York state the rest.
Nine subway lines converge in the complex and 30,000 riders a day are expected to be served by the hub.
The project is completed after a decade of work, Horodniceanu added. There were many challenges faced during the construction. On Sept. 11, 2001, five underground subway stations were partly damaged. The flood waters caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 also created problem.
A 105-meter long tunnel has also been build which is scheduled to be opened next year. The tunnel connects the Fulton Center to the World Trade Center's Santiago Calatrava-designed transit facility which is under construction.
Encased in a glass-and-steel shell, its street level atrium has luminous interior panels. He said that the building brings back the days of the neighborhood in the 19th century.
According to US Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, the complex is part of a new hot area as it is just a feet away from trade centre.
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