Published on : Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that beginning May 26 at 5 p.m., customers seeking to connect between Fulton Center’s Dey Street Concourse and Port Authority’s World Trade Center transportation hub will be able to use the underground passage to reach the PATH station, Battery Park City and World Trade Center Towers 1 and 4.
The Dey Street Concourse, a 350 foot-long, 27 foot-wide pedestrian tunnel, allows customers to walk underneath Dey Street between Broadway and Church Street without exiting the station complexes. The connection to the Dey Street Concourse and the PATH World Trade Center station is accessible at the bottom level of Fulton Center.
The opening of the subway-level link to the PATH station is a vital connection for customers who transfer between the New York City Transit subway system and the PATH rail system. It offers customers a safe alternative to heavily trafficked streets aboveground, decreasing the number of pedestrians who previously had to walk through existing World Trade Center site-related construction and heavy vehicular traffic on narrow downtown streets. The connection also provides a viable option for ADA customers, who can use Fulton Center’s 10 escalators and 15 elevators, to access the PATH station, which is also fully accessible.
The pedestrian transfer between Fulton Center and the PATH World Trade Center station cements both transportation hubs as major retail centers and civic spaces of a revitalized Lower Manhattan. Fulton Center, at the southeast corner of Broadway and Fulton Street, offers 65,000 square feet of retail and commercial space with a fully digital presence and a distinctive glass-lined street level mezzanine.
The Dey Street Concourse, in particular, is lined with several large multimedia displays that screen digital advertisements, provide travel information such as weather and time, and host rotating new media artwork commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. A future link in the passageway will connect the Line to Fulton Center via an entrance from the World Trade Center subway station terminus. The line at the Cortlandt St Station will also be accessible once reconstruction of that station is complete in 2018.
Fulton Center opened in November 2014 after a major reconstruction to integrate five subway stations serving nine lines that historically competed against each other when the subway system opened a century ago. The new Fulton Center allows customers to easily transfer between lines through well-lit mezzanines and visible sightlines for connections. In 2016, the transit center also became the first subway station in the city to receive an LEED silver certification for its environmentally friendly design, sustainability and energy efficiency, while its centerpiece artwork, “Sky-Reflector Net,” has received notable public art commendations for its innovative design incorporating natural and artificial lighting.