The Port Authority is making headway with their World Trade Center transportation hub, and launched the PATH station’s first train platform this morning. The newly opened Platform A boasts new speakers, lighting, escalators and elevators, and connects the transport hub to Hoboken. The finished platform is another stepping stone towards completing the fully modernized PATH station, which will be the center of the new World Trade Center transportation hub.

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Platform A sets itself apart from many other NY train stations with modern touches and a bright, light interior. On the platform, commuters will be able to see a white marble wall adorned with an energetic zigzag-shaped mural. Meanwhile, on the upper levels, the ceiling is accented with ribbed arches that form a wave down a cavernous hall.

The design reflects the rest of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center PATH station, which, from the outside, looks a bit like a white whale skeleton. The first portion of the $4 billion hub opened to the public in October, letting pedestrians walk down the WTC West Concourse featuring Calatrava’s signature articulated ribs.

The station’s other platforms are expected to open in phases through 2015. With each new addition, Lower Manhattan will gain more modern transit and retail spaces.

+ Santiago Calatrava

+ Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

via ABC News

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