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The Fulton Street Transit Center is a $1.4 billion project of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public agency of the state of New Yorkmarker. The includes station rehabilitations, new underground passageways, and an above-ground station entrance building at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadwaymarker in New York Citymarker, above several existing stations.

On-going construction activity is occurring beneath the surface to add connecting tunnels, improve underground passenger flow in existing subway stations, and create entrances corresponding to the new layout.

The project is intended to improve access to and connections between 12 MTA subway services stopping at Manhattan'smarker Fulton Street, PATHmarker service and the World Trade Center stationmarker in Lower Manhattan. Funding for the construction project, which began in 2005, dried up for several years, with no final approved plan and no schedule for completion. Plans for the transit center, however, have been rejuvenated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the project is set for completion in 2014.

The proposal

Stations served by the , , , , , , , , , , , and services will be rehabilitated and connected via an east-west underground passageway. A high-visibility Transit Center will be constructed, with entrances on Broadway between Fulton Street and John Street. The station will be handicapped accessible.

In addition to work on the four linked stations, including a large entrance building at Broadway and Fulton Street, the Dey Street Passageway is being built outside fare control to connect to the Cortlandt Street marker station, and a passageway inside fare control will connect that station with the World Trade Center station.

The major construction activities of the project include the following:

Construction progress

The project has had several delays, with the completion date delayed from 2007 to 2010. There have also been several design cutbacks. The free transfer from the Cortlandt Streetmarker and World Trade Center stations had been dropped from the plans, but was later restored using MTA funds; the passageway underneath Dey Street has been narrowed from 40 feet to 29 feet; and the design of the entrance facility on the east side of Broadway was simplified.

On June 27, 2006, the New York Times reported that the project had been running $45 million over a $799 million budget, but that the project design will not be further curtailed. The Times had reported on June 2, 2006, that the overrun was due to the cost of relocating 148 business and acquiring properties along Broadway where the new station building will be located.

On January 28, 2008 the MTA revised its costs and estimate of completion and indicated the project is likely not to include the domed structure which had been planned, or any substantial above-ground structure. The revised cost of the below-ground work is now $910 million and it is expected to be completed in 2010. It also announced a 30-day review of plans for the above-ground structure.

In March 2008, the MTA indicated that an above ground structure will be built at the site without specifying if it would remain in the form of a public transit center or be sold to a private developer and only provide an entrance to the subway lines beneath the street.

In June 2008, Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey prepared a report for David Paterson, governor of the state of New York, reversing years of optimism regarding the time and resources required to complete projects related to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center including the Fulton Transit Center.

In July 2008, the Federal Transit Administration announced it would not fund the cost overruns associated with the Fulton Street Transit Center.

Above ground structure

In January 2009, the MTA expected that it would receive $497 million in the proposed federal stimulus money which would allow the above-the-ground construction of a building to start.

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As part of an exhibit on the city's major public construction projects, the MTA described the status above ground: "Final details are being worked out for the above ground building. The 115-year-old Corbin Buildingmarker, at the corner of Broadwaymarker and John Street, will be restored and incorporated into the transit center entrance design. The transit center will be a focal point with a vibrant design and a visible portal to downtown and the transit system below".

Stations

The Fulton Street Transit Center will connect a total of six subway stations, providing a total of thirteen services:

References

  1. Fulton Street Transit Center, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation, Ch. 3, p. 3-21
  2. Fulton Street Transit Center, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation, Ch. 3, p. 3-21


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