The World Trade Center Transportation Hub welcomed its very first new PATH platform last week, giving riders an elegant space to catch trains to Hoboken. The pristine terminal features futuristic touches like illuminated signs and in-wall TVs, and is just one of several other PATH platforms that will open over the next few years at the WTC hub. Inhabitat recently stopped by to take a few snaps of the new platform as well as the Santiago Calatrava-designed hall that leads down to it. Come along on a photo tour to check them out.
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.
Descending the escalators, commuters will notice glossy new signage and LED-lit displays noting the station name, time and date.
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.
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.
Photos © Yuka Yoneda