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The new Platform A can be accessed by taking the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s main escalators (located at the corner of Vesey Street and Greenwich Street) and making a right after entering the turnstiles. Then, a cavernous hall featuring Santiago Calatrava’s signature articulated ribs leads to another set of escalators that go down to the platform.

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Descending the escalators, commuters will notice glossy new signage and LED-lit displays noting the station name, time and date.

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The terminal’s stark, white walls act as the perfect backdrop for a zigzagging mural designed by Giulio Candussio and fabricated by the Friuli Mosaic School.

The artpiece, entitled “Saetta Iridescente” or “Iridescent Thunderbolt,” was a gift from the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy to the City of New York. “A positive energy is unleashed and bonds two people in a shared desire to overcome moments of horror, to move forward and build a peaceful future,” reads the description.

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The newly-completed platform brings the $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub project one step closer to completion. Another portion of the hub, the West Concourse Walkway opened to the public in October, and other platforms are expected to open through 2015.

+ Santiago Calatrava

+ Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Photos © Yuka Yoneda