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Downtown Train Plan Rolls Out Lower Manhattan Transportation Complex

February 10, 2003 


The dream of creating a single, integrated transportation system downtown got closer to reality on Friday, when Governor George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled a multi-billion-dollar transit plan.  One of the largest proposed public transit efforts in New York history, the comprehensive framework includes the creation of a Lower Manhattan Transportation Complex, which would link all of the area's subway lines and PATH into a seamless transit network.

Governor Pataki's goals for the framework are to bring downtown's current transportation infrastructure up to 21st-century standards, and to better connect Lower Manhattan to the rest of the City, to the region -- and to the world, via direct airport access.

"Rebuilding, restoring, and enhancing Lower Manhattan's transportation system is the top priority of my long-term plans for its revitalization," said Governor Pataki.  He added that the framework is a result of a consensus among the State, the City, and several internal agencies on which projects are the most crucial to downtown rebuilding in the wake of 9/11.

 So many ways to get downtown
Proposed transit complex will link multiple subway lines running downtown
The framework introduces several projects that are central to the Mayor's vision for Lower Manhattan, including one-seat rail connection to JFK and Newark airports, the Lower Manhattan Transportation Complex and improvements to the East River waterfront.

Construction on two elements of the Lower Manhattan Transportation Complex -- the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and the new Fulton Street Transit Center -- is slated to move forward as soon as 2004.  Work on these and other components will likely last through the end of the decade.

Financing for the projects will come from several sources, including the Federal Transit Administration, which has promised $1.8 billion for transportation infrastructure in Lower Manhattan, and designated Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, for which $2.75 billion is pledged for New York City transportation help.

"While New York's transportation needs for Lower Manhattan will clearly exceed the federal funding available, these funds represent the first step toward realizing our vision for downtown," said Mayor Bloomberg.

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