Thursday, November 29, 2001
See Long Fixup for 1 - 9 Trains
By PETE DONOHUE Daily News Staff Writer
It could take at least three years to restore No. 1 and 9 subway service downtown, a transit official said yesterday. The line's Cortlandt St., Rector St. and South Ferry stations have been out of service since the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 ruined the tunnel in that area. "We would want to have it done in three years, but that is very ambitious," Connie Crawford, director of the Transit Authority's engineering services division, said at a Manhattan panel discussion on transportation.
Exactly what will emerge from the rubble is uncertain, Transit Authority spokesman Al O'Leary said. The authority could rebuild the existing line along its current route. But there are many questions, such as what will be built on the former site of the towers, that remain unanswered, and the line could be shifted, O'Leary said. "That line opened in 1918," O'Leary said. "The downtown area is very different. It doesn't serve Battery Park City
TA President Lawrence Reuter "feels we should take this opportunity to replace the line below Chambers St. with one that better serves the downtown area," O'Leary said. The N and R station at Cortlandt St., which was not heavily damaged, could reopen in about six months, Crawford said. But O'Leary cautioned that any reopening must first get the go-ahead from city officials overseeing the cleanup efforts. "It's not our clock, it's not our timetable," O'Leary said.
The discussion was sponsored by the Society for Marketing Professional Services and moderated by Charles King, a director of project development at the Weidlinger Associates engineering firm, at the Williams Club on E. 39th St.
Meanwhile, the Port Authority is considering an accelerated construction project that would allow the PATH station under the Trade Center site to resume operation in about two years, said Chris Ward, PA chief of strategic planning.
Under that scenario, the PA would reopen two long-closed entrances to the station north and south of the Trade
Center site, one on Vesey St. and one on Liberty St.
The station itself suffered "modest damage" although it
will cost millions to rebuild tunnels crushed in the collapse
of the south tower, Ward said.
November 29, 2001
Subway stations' reopenings three
NEW YORK CITY -- The reopening of three subway stations
damaged by the destruction of the World Trade Center is at least three
years away, a chief engineer at New York City Transit told the Associated
Press Wednesday (November 28). "We would want
to have it done in three years, but that is very ambitious," said
Connie Crawford, director of NYC Transit's engineering services division.
In addition, restoration of PATH train service from New
Jersey to lower Manhattan is expected to take at least two years, said a
senior manager at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which
operates the train line. "The target is do it in two years, if that
is feasible," Louis Venech said. "A lot of that depends on the
site recovery and clearance process, however, so we are somewhat beholden
to that in terms of our timetable."
Crawford and Venech spoke at a panel discussion
addressing the future of rail transportation in the metro region following
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
For the subway's No. 1 and No. 9 lines, transit
engineers are looking at two possible plans to restore service to the
Cortlandt Street, Rector Street and South Ferry stations, Crawford said.
One option would be to repair the tunnels and stations along the existing
A second option would be to divert the tunnel westward
just north of where the trade center stood, run it southward to Battery
Park and to build an entirely new South Ferry station.
"Either way our base plan -- if we can get the
funding -- is to restore that entire line to current standards,"
The decision as to which plan will be used is expected
by the end of December. Costs are expected to be more than one billion
dollars, most of which will be covered by insurance, Crawford said.
Meanwhile, service to the Cortlandt Street station on
the subway's N and R lines is expected to return in about six months, she
"We lost our southbound platform exits, because
they exited into the Trade Center," she said. "We're looking to
put in some interim stairs and that's going to take about six