After more than 10 years and roughly $4 billion, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub's Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus is set to open early March, Politico New York reported. The structure, in the Lower Manhattan Financial District of New York, has been plagued by cost overruns, the price having just about doubled. The official World Trade Center website says it will deliver "unmatched mass transit," connecting 11 subway lines (A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), the PATH system, several MTA bus routes, ferry service, and parking garages.
The report said that the new hub will serve 200,000 passengers, taking a third of the 600,000-daily commuter burden currently carried by Penn Station. The temporary World Trade Center PATH station serves 44,000.
The cost overruns and other delays have apparently not been easy on Calatrava. "I have been treated like a dog," he told the Wall Street Journal.