NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s biggest subway hub has opened in Lower Manhattan, serving as a vital link between the new World Trade Center and the rest of the city.
The $1.4 billion Fulton Center opened to the public Monday at 5 a.m. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated the center on Sunday.
“I expect them to come in and see something they have never seen,” said MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu. “This is something new, exciting and one of a kind.”
“The center is an important symbol for New York in so many ways,” said MTA chief Tom Prendergast.
“For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, they’re going to be treated like the people who walk into a grand public space,” said MTA spokesperson Adam Lisberg.
Officials said the transit and retail hub will serve as Lower Manhattan’s “next great public space.” Its soaring street-level atrium is encased in a glass-and-steel shell, with luminous interior panels leading to a skylight designers call the “oculus,” Latin for eye.
It also includes nearly 66,000 square feet of retail and office space.
The center will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders using the 2, 3, 4, 5 subway lines, plus the A, C, J, Z and R.