World Trade Center Path Station

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World Trade Center PATH station was originally opened on July 19, 1909 as the Hudson Terminal. It was built by Hudson and Manhattan Railroad as an architectural and engineering wonder of that time. Later, on July 1971, it was torn down because of the construction of the World Trade Centre. The station was sited at a different location. It served for two routes – Newark – World Trade Centre and Hoboken – World Trade Centre. During the collapse of the World Trade Centre the station was lightly damaged.

On November 23, 2003 a temporary station was opened. It was designed by Robert I. Davidson, chief architect of Port Authority. There is a canopy entrance along Church Street a mosaic mural "Iridescent Lightning" (35 x 3.6 metres;118 x 12 feet) by Giulio Candussio. The station is decorated with opaque panel walls with inscriptions of inspirational quoted attesting to the greatness and flexibility of New York City. Panels partially shield World Trade Centre site from view.

This temporary PATH station will be replaced with a permanent World Trade Center Transportation Hub that is being built by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The completion is planned for 2009. Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect is the designer of the new station. He said about the design that is would resemble a bird being release from a child’s hand.

As far as the technical information are concerned, there are still two lines Newark – World Trade Centre and Hoboken – World trade Center and connection to New York City Subway (lines A, C, E, 2, 3). The station has one side platform and two island platforms, so there is five tracks altogether. It is accessible by disabled people.
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