A transportation hub at the World Trade Center site that planners envision as a downtown Grand Central Terminal would include a great hall with a soaring glass atrium stretching the block from Church to Greenwich Streets, according to a preliminary design released Thursday night by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The atrium would allow subway and rail passengers several floors below ground level to see skyscrapers towering overhead in all directions, including any new towers built on the site. Passengers entering the station would be able to see between levels directly to the subway and commuter lines where they wish to go.
The officials said the hub would cost $2 billion. That amount would include expenses for rebuilding the PATH train station serving New Jersey commuters that was destroyed in the terrorist attack. It would also cover the cost of connecting the station with subway lines to the east and the World Financial Center to the west, installing utilities and paying for other construction items. A final design would depend on which architect is chosen as the designer for the site.