Mark Groce: I'm Mark Groce, and you're listening to an “Improving, non-stop” podcast on TransitTrax, New York City Transit's podcast service.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the damage to the subway stations near Ground Zero was devastating. Fortunately for the MTA, and the customers who rely on the subway to go into downtown Manhattan everyday, the stations were damaged but not destroyed.
Uday Durg is the Senior Vice President and Program Executive for Lower Manhattan Projects, MTA Capital Construction.
Uday Durg: The damage to the Cortlandt R station was not as significant as the Cortlandt 1 job. The Cortlandt 1 was right in the center of...when the towers came down. This was on Church St, so most of the debris that came from the towers came into the station.
Mark Groce: Most of the damage at the Cortlandt St station was to the underpass that once led into the World Trade Center.
Uday Durg: We had to cut one end of it. When everything happened one end was cut and capped. And that underpass was never opened for public after September 11th. But this September 11th, the 10th anniversary, that underpass is going to open.
Mark Groce: The reconstruction of the underpass represents not just a commitment to rebuilding the station, but a commitment to improving the subway lines that run into Lower Manhattan.
Uday Durg: As you know the Cortlandt station opened after September 11th. It was opened after September 11th, we were in use. People use to get off at this station, and get into the street and get to where they had to go. But then we had to close it again to do the construction at Fulton Street Transit Center, plus for the work the Port Authority was doing on the other side. Like you can see, this passage way, this is called the R underpass, which connects to the Fulton St 4 and 5 underpass. And then we reopened this northbound platform last year, it was opened up, we finished all the rehabilitation of that station. That was completed and done. And now, we've focused our attention on the southbound platform and this September we'll open the south bound platform.
Mark Groce: The MTA is not just rebuilding what was lost, they’re making major upgrades that will translate into major improvements, because the MTA is improving, non-stop. For TransitTrax I'm Mark Groce, thanks for listening and thanks for riding with New York City Transit.