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New PATH station work begins

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 BY RON MARSICO The Jersey Journal

NEW YORK - With the release of two white doves to symbolize rebirth, officials yesterday marked the start of work on a $2.2 billion permanent PATH station at Ground Zero that will serve as both architectural icon and major transportation link.

Government leaders, including the governors of New York and New Jersey, four U.S. senators, the city's mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, used black markers to sign a 39-foot-long, 1,495-pound piece of rail track that will be the first installed in the hub. Site preparation work won't officially begin until Monday to avoid interfering with Sunday's observance of the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, which destroyed the original station along with the entire World Trade Center complex. "The truth is this hallowed ground has already been broken - viciously and cruelly," Mineta said. "Today, instead of a groundbreaking, we begin filling the gaping wound left by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

The new station, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will rise just south of the temporary, spartan steel station that now serves 41,000 passengers a day. Officials said that by 2025, the new facility will accommodate 80,000 commuters and 250,000 people overall - including visitors to the 9/11 memorial - each day.

Calatrava designed the station - a glass and steel atrium with two soaring 150-foot wings - to resemble a bird taking flight and mark a rebirth at Ground Zero.

2005 The Jersey Journal

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