New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has opened the new WTC Cortlandt subway station following refurbishment works.

The station was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and services had not operated from there since.

Offering accessibility to World Trade Center Transportation Hub, PATH and 11 Subway Lines, the WTC Cortlandt subway station is now completely accessible and provides service in both directions.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said: “The opening of WTC Cortlandt returns a subway station to a vibrant neighbourhood and represents a major milestone in the recovery and growth of downtown Manhattan.”

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Construction on the new station started in 2015 after MTA received the control of the site. It was built within the footprint of the destroyed Cortlandt St 1 Subway subway station.

The station’s new design was developed by a partnership of multiple agencies, including MTA.

“The opening of WTC Cortlandt returns a subway station to a vibrant neighbourhood and represents a major milestone in the recovery of downtown Manhattan.”

During construction, the MTA reconstructed 1,200ft of tunnel and tracks. It also carried out refurbishment of the station shell, track tunnels and track infrastructure.

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The remaining station was demolished to enable redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

Featuring fewer columns to enable better customer flow, the station now has 23,720ft² of public space and two side platforms for service in each direction.

It is equipped with all modern facilities and security features.

Furthermore, the station has Help Point kiosks on each platform, with two station mezzanines offering information and emergency services to passengers.

New York City Transit president Andy Byford said: “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 modernise and rejuvenate the subway system.”