New Yorkers who've been hoping for a peek at starchitect Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Transportation Hub can now check out the first completed portion of the complex for themselves. The gleaming new World Trade Center West Concourse occupies an area below the World Trade Center site that has been closed since September 11, 2001, and features Calatrava's signature articulated ribs, which lend a soaring feeling to the white corridor. The 600-foot-long tunnel will serve as a direct passageway from the PATH to Brookfield Place, offering commuters a pristine underground alternative to the hubbub above.
In addition to the soothing effect of its stylized arches and museum-like elegance, Calatrava’s World Trade Center walkway has already begun to alleviate some of the heavy foot traffic around the area by providing a much-needed alternative passageway from the PATH station to waterfront ferries and workplaces. Those who take the PATH train to offices on the west side of West Street can now avoid trudging up to street level to get to work. The new corridor replaces a temporary pedestrian bridge over West Street that was being used as an interim solution.
The World Trade Center West Concourse is the first section of the nearly $4 billion Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which is one of the most expensive train stations to ever be built. The hub is expected to be done in 2015 and, when complete, will serve approximately 200,000 subway and PATH riders a day.
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