Return Home

9/11 Families Sue To Block PATH Station at WTC

Exclusive to
(CBS) NEW YORK Families of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center are suing federal and state agencies to block construction of a permanent PATH train terminal within Ground Zero because they claim the station would trespass on the surviving "footprint" of the original twin towers and would stain the honor of those who died there on Sept. 11, 2001.

In court papers obtained exclusively by, a group representing many of the more than 2,749 people who died in the Twin Towers, contend that the location of the train station on the footprints would violate federal law that protects historically important sites from development if those sites are eligibile for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Coalition of 9/11 Families, which filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, argues the site of the worst attack ever on American soil is worthy of consideration as a protected historical site.

In the court papers, lawyers for the Coaliton state " the most significant and evocative physical remnants of the World Trade Center, including its footprints, be preserved on the site as a way to honor (the victims') memories."

Specifically, they say a portion of the proposed site of the PATH terminal would be located on top of the truncated box beam column bases that make up the footprint or perimeter of the orginal Twin Towers. Other parts of the planned development would include demolition and excavation of remaining structures, including the "bathtub," the reinforced concrete walls built to support and protect the towners from the nearby Hudson River.

The court papers cite the Port Authoirty which owns the site and built the original WTC as the principal defendant, but also list federal officials, including the Secretary of Transportation and the Federal Tranist Administration as defendants for allegedly not compliing with laws designed to project the unofficial historic site.

Officials from these agencies could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The suit says the PATH station could be built in other areas of Ground Zero, the 16 -acre location of the entire World Trade Center complex, particularly at the north end near Vesey Street and east side at Church Street.

The suit seeks to prevent construction on the proposed section.

( MMV, CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Return Home