PATHWAY TO WTC UNVEILED

GROUND ZERO TERMINAL GETTING NEW ENTRANCE

By TOM TOPOUSIS

The permanent PATH station at Ground Zero.
The permanent PATH station at Ground Zero.
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April 11, 2007 -- Here's the first look at a new entrance to the World Trade Center's PATH terminal, due to be up and running by the end of the year.

The new PATH terminal entrance slated for Vesey Street - like its predecessor around the corner on Church Street - will be temporary, serving until a permanent, $2 billion PATH terminal is completed at the World Trade Center by 2010. Replacement of one temporary station entrance with another is needed to clear the way for construction of three office towers and the permanent transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava, Port Authority officials said.

Construction crews will begin dismantling the steel and aluminum canopy over the current PATH station entrance late next month. "We're encouraged by how much progress we've seen in the last nine months," PA Chairman Anthony Coscia said during a tour. "Remember, at this time last year, we were still negotiating over a document," Coscia said of a complex negotiation with Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein to turn over most construction management of the project to the bi-state agency.

The PATH terminal serves about 50,000 commuters daily, plus thousands more straphangers who use it as an entrance to subway lines.

Getting to and from train platforms will be easier at the new PATH entrance, with eight escalators stretching all the way to street level. The current station's escalators stop at the mezzanine level, leaving commuters to climb a long flight of steps to the street.

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