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Construction site of the Fulton Street Transit Center as of February 2010

The Fulton Street Transit Center is a $1.4 billion project of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public agency of the state of New York. The plan includes station rehabilitations, new underground passageways, and an above-ground station entrance building at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway in New York City, above several existing stations.

On-going construction activity is occurring beneath the surface to add connecting tunnels, improve underground passenger flow in existing subway stations, and create entrances corresponding to the new layout.

The project is intended to improve access to and connections between 12 MTA subway services stopping at Manhattan's Fulton Street, PATH service and the World Trade Center station in Lower Manhattan. Funding for the construction project, which began in 2005, dried up for several years, with no final approved plan and no schedule for completion.[1][2][3] Plans for the transit center, however, have been rejuvenated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the project is set for completion in 2014.[4]


The proposal

Fulton Street Transit Center
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New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
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Station statistics
Borough Manhattan
Services       2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      4 all times (all times)
      5 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
      J weekdays only (weekdays only)
      M rush hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m. (rush hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m.)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
      N late nights (late nights)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access

Stations served by the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, M, N, R, W and Z services will be rehabilitated and connected via an east-west underground passageway. A high-visibility Transit Center will be constructed, with entrances on Broadway between Fulton Street and John Street. The station will be handicapped accessible.

In addition to work on the four linked stations, including a large entrance building at Broadway and Fulton Street, the Dey Street Passageway is being built outside fare control[5] to connect to the Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line) station, and a passageway inside fare control will connect that station with the World Trade Center (IND Eighth Avenue Line) station.

The major construction activities of the project include the following:

Construction progress

The project has had several delays, with the completion date delayed from 2007 to 2014. There have also been several design cutbacks. The free transfer from the Cortlandt Street and World Trade Center stations had been dropped from the plans, but was later restored using MTA funds; the passageway underneath Dey Street has been narrowed from 40 feet to 29 feet; and the design of the entrance facility on the east side of Broadway was simplified.

On June 27, 2006, the New York Times reported that the project had been running $45 million over a $799 million budget, but that the project design will not be further curtailed. The Times had reported on June 2, 2006, that the overrun was due to the cost of relocating 148 business and acquiring properties along Broadway where the new station building will be located.

On January 28, 2008 the MTA revised its costs and estimate of completion and indicated the project is likely not to include the domed structure which had been planned, or any substantial above-ground structure. The revised cost of the below-ground work is now $910 million and it is expected to be completed in 2010. It also announced a 30-day review of plans for the above-ground structure.[6]

In March 2008, the MTA indicated that an above ground structure will be built at the site without specifying if it would remain in the form of a public transit center or be sold to a private developer and only provide an entrance to the subway lines beneath the street.[7]

In June 2008, Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey prepared a report for David Paterson, governor of the state of New York, reversing years of optimism regarding the time and resources required to complete projects related to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center including the Fulton Transit Center.[8]

In July 2008, the Federal Transit Administration announced it would not fund the cost overruns associated with the Fulton Street Transit Center.[9] However, the MTA is using 2009 federal stimulus money to help fund the project.[10]

In January 2010, reconstruction of the transfer mezzanine over the Broadway – Nassau Street station resulted in traffic flow changes.[11] The transfer passageway leading to the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line station had previously been modified.

Above ground structure

In January 2009, the MTA expected that it would receive $497 million in the proposed federal stimulus money which would allow the above-the-ground construction of a building to start.[10][12][13]

As part of an exhibit on the city's major public construction projects, the MTA described the status above ground: "Final details are being worked out for the above ground building. The 115-year-old Corbin Building, at the corner of Broadway and John Street, will be restored and incorporated into the transit center entrance design. The transit center will be a focal point with a vibrant design and a visible portal to downtown and the transit system below".[14]


The Fulton Street Transit Center will connect a total of six subway stations, providing a total of thirteen services:


  1. ^ Cuzzo, Steve (2008-02-28). "The MTA's Latest Disaster". New York Post. 
  2. ^ Cuzzo, Steve (2008-03-05). "Subway Pie in the Sky". New York Post. "In '04, officials promised a majestic Taj Mahal-like Fulton Street transit hub - at a cost of $750 million. There was little need for all the grandiosity, of course. But supposedly the money was there, officials reasoned - so why not spend it? Yet now the above-ground structure has been all but ditched, and there's scant progress on the station below. Plus, the MTA has upped the price tag to $1.2 billion, a 60 percent jump in just four years, even as the job was scaled back." 
  3. ^ Cuzzo, Steve (2008-05-15). "Menace on 2nd Ave.". New York Post. "The Fulton project has reduced a Downtown blockfront to rubble, dug up streets, ruined businesses and created chaos - all without even starting on the main job, untangling the station's "maze." For good measure, the MTA gave up completely on the domed pavilion that was to be the project's signature element." 
  4. ^ "Capital Construction, Planning and Real Estate Committee Meeting". 
  5. ^ a b Fulton Street Transit Center, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation, Ch. 3, p. 3-21 [1]PDF (1.73 MiB)
  6. ^ Gallahue, Patrick (2008-01-29). ""Fulton transit-hub plan collapses, MTA's $900M boondoggle"". New York Post. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Some sort of building will rise at Fulton, M.T.A. says". 2008-03-17. 
  8. ^ Ward, Chris (2008-06-30). "Report of the Directors of the Port Authority". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 
  9. ^ "Feds to MTA on more hub cash: No way". New York Daily News. 2008-07-16. "The Federal Transit Administration won't bail out the MTA's troubled Fulton St. subway hub with an infusion of more money, a top Bush administration official said. "Absolutely not. That's capped out," federal transit Administrator James Simpson said Tuesday when asked if the FTA would increase its commitment for the Fulton Transit Center." 
  10. ^ a b Neuman, William (2009-01-29). "M.T.A. Planning to Spend Stimulus on Fulton St. Hub". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  11. ^ New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2010-01-07). "Fulton Street Transit Center Construction Update and Service Changes January 9-11 and January 16-17". Press release. 
  12. ^ "Project Updates: Fulton Street Transit Center". Lower Manhattan Development Corp.. May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Back on Track: Fulton Transit Center". MTA. 2009-06-09. 
  14. ^ "The Future Beneath Us : Fulton Street Transit Center". Transit Museum. 2009. 

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