Construction of the Port Authority's PATH Transit Hub is still underway and Santiago Calatrava's design shows its final form, even as the cost pushes past a staggering $4 billion. That's nearly $2 billion over the original budget estimate. These inflated costs have sapped the Port Authority's ability to build new infrastructure in the region, which is its core mission. Instead, the agency has poured billions into a project that doesn't add any cross-river capacity.
But the visuals can't overcome the serious flaws to the project that will saddle future commuters for generations to come.
|The view from Fulton Street.|
This is first and foremost a transit hub. So, the first question to be asked is whether it does that job well.
I think I know the answer to this, even though the permanent design is still being unveiled in phases.
The design is a failure.
This week is proof of that.
The new terminal cannot handle counter-commutes. It just can't do it.
The new platforms are all shiny and clad in white marble and the steel ribs that peek out are also white, so you can be forgiven for the impression that you've walked into an Apple store with all the gleaming whiteness and sleek curves.
But getting to the platform itself is a comedy of bad design.
|The mezzanine level for the PATH terminal; there is marble as far as the eye can see.|
Labels: infrastructure, Santiago Calatrava, WTC Transit Hub