Biggest NY subway hub opens; expects 300,000 daily

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People gather for a ceremony at the entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Light shines through the skylight above the pavilion entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub on the day of its official opening, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Light filters through the geometric design of a skylight above the concourse of the Fulton Center transit hub, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center will also feature retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Visitors and police officers walk through a long underground corridor that connects to the new Fulton Center transit hub to the World Trade Center, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People stand in front of a large electronic advertising screen next to escalators in the concourse of the Fulton Center transit hub, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center will also feature retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Visitors to the new Fulton Center transit hub walk through a long underground corridor that connects to the World Trade Center, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, people pass the Fulton Center transit hub in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Fulton Street Transit Center as seen from Brookfield Place, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, people pass the Fulton Center transit hub in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, traffic on lower Broadway passes electronic signage for subway lines posted outside the Fulton Center transit hub, far right, in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Fulton Street Transit Center, left, and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
The Fulton Street Transit Center as seen from Brookfield Place, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, people pass the Fulton Center transit hub in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction work continues on the Fulton Street Transit Center at the World Trade Center site, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
The Fulton Street Transit Center, left, and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
Pedestrians pass by the Fulton Street Transit Center, left, and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
The Fulton Street Transit Center and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
The Fulton Street Transit Center, left, and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
The Fulton Street Transit Center, left, and One World Trade Center as seen from Church Street, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images)
One World Trade Center is viewed from Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in New York. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York's biggest subway hub opened Sunday in lower Manhattan - a vital link between the new World Trade Center and the rest of the city.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated the $1.4 billion Fulton Center, a transit complex where many subway lines converge.

"Welcome to the station of the 21st century," engineer Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA's Capital Construction who led the work, told a gathering of transit and political officials, including Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

Officials said the transit and retail hub will serve as Lower Manhattan's next great public space - encased in a glass-and-steel shell with a soaring, light-filled atrium. It also includes retail and office space.

The federal government funded 90 percent and the state the rest of the project, which fills 180,000 square feet of new retail and office space, plus five old stations that were refurbished and linked. The center will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders using the 2, 3, 4, 5 subway lines, plus the A, C, J, Z and R.

A 350-foot tunnel was built leading to the World Trade Center's Santiago Calatrava-designed transit facility and the PATH commuter train to New Jersey. That tunnel will open sometime next year.

After a decade of work following the destruction of the World Trade Center area and flooding from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, "we made it," Horodniceanu said.

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