The Cortlandt Street subway station has finally reopened, only three days short of the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
After nearly two decades, trains began running again to the station now called WTC Cortlandt, at noon on Saturday. “The station’s name references its location within the World Trade Center site as well as its legacy under Cortlandt Street, which existed above the station when the 1 line originally opened in July 1918 but was demolished during the construction of the World Trade Center in the late 1960s,” the MTA said in a statement.
The new station is fully accessible and is air-tempered to keep subway riders cooler on hot days. It also features a new piece of art, which incorporates text from the Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The new WTC Cortlandt station on the 1 line is now open to the public. It’s fully accessible, has fewer columns for easier customer flow, and is also air-tempered to keep you cooler on hot days. pic.twitter.com/A5DaiBb06w
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) 8 de septiembre de 2018
According to the New York Post, the station took so long to reopen because the Port Authority kept it shuttered while it was working on the rest of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center complex including the Oculus Transportation Hub.
The station will link the No. 1 train to 11 other subway lines, including the PATH train.