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    Officials Set To Break Ground On World Trade Transport Hub

September 06, 2005

With the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks just days away, the rebuilding process in Lower Manhattan is set to take another step forward Tuesday with a ground-breaking ceremony for the new World Trade Center transportation hub.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, Senator Hillary Clinton and other city, state, and federal officials are expected to attend.

When complete, the hub will connect PATH trains, all downtown subways and ferries. The project will also reportedly include the protection of remaining columns of the Twin Towers.

Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava designed the building in the shape of a bird in flight.

Because of security concerns, the original design was changed to include less glass and to set it further back from the street.

The hub should be complete by 2009 at a cost of more than $2 billion.

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