The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, which was located directly below the World Trade Center, has sat unused for the last 17 years. The ceiling had to be completely renovated and 1,200 feet of track had to be rebuilt. Over the years, the costs for the project soared from $69 million to $158 million. “WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station. It is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota said in a statement.
Artwork in the subway
The artwork in the station, titled “Chorus,” is an understated white marble mosaic that adorns the station walls bearing text from the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “It’s just incredibly beautiful to watch people very quietly respond to, I think, the weight and the importance and the materiality of the language that’s on the wall,” artist and Ohio State University professor Ann Hamilton said at the ceremony. “The successful construction of the WTC Cortlandt station in the city’s most challenging building site represents our ability to deliver on our promises to modernize and rejuvenate the subway system,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement.