Projects

Lower Manhattan Recovery Transportation Projects

To date, the FTA has approved $4.25 billion in order to fund the major projects listed below. Most of those funds were obligated in major grant actions that were announced by Secretary Mineta on December 3, 2003 and July 12, 2005. (Press Release) These projects include the World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal, the Fulton Street Transit Center, the South Ferry Terminal Station, World Trade Center Site Security Center, and the Route 9A/West Street and Promenade South project.

The World Trade Permanent PATH Terminal

Designer illustration of the World Trade Permanent PATH Terminal. In-between New York skyscraper buildings, there is a gigantic, white ribbed archway. It is seen as being surrounded by PATH riders amongst the backdrop of daily New York City traffic. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and the FTA have signed a construction agreement which makes up to $2.201 billion in federal funding available for the World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal. The terminal will serve the PATH subway system, which provides service to commuters between New York and New Jersey. This project also includes expansion of platform capacity as well as pedestrian connections to the Fulton Street Transit Center to the east and to the World Financial Center and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal under Route 9A (West Street) to the west. The Port Authority has engaged the services of renowned architect Santiago Calatrava to design the World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal that will be integrated into the World Trade Center site. When completed, the terminal is estimated to serve more than 80,000 PATH riders daily.

Project Schedule

Grant Awarded December 16, 2003
Completion of Environmental Review Process June 2005
Start of Construction Early 2006
Completion of Construction June 30, 2011

Fulton Street Transit Center

Designer illustration of the Fulton Street Transit Center. A new transit hall will provide visual orientation to the subway system. The Fulton Street Transit Center will also have a direct link to the new PATH Terminal and the World Trade Center site. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the FTA have signed a construction agreement which makes up to $847 million in federal funding available for the Fulton Street Transit Center. This project is a multi-level complex of stations that serve 12 different subway lines and over 275,000 daily commuter trips. The existing maze of narrow ramps, stairs and platforms will be transformed into a more spacious and rational configuration, allowing for easier transfers and better access from street level. A new transit hall will provide visual orientation to the subway system. The Fulton Street Transit Center will also have a direct link to the new PATH Terminal and the World Trade Center site. To learn more about the project, please go to the project's webpage http://www.mta.info/capconstr/fstc/index.html.

Project Schedule

Grant Awarded December 2003
Completion of Environmental Review Process November 2004
Start of Construction July 2005
Completion of Construction June 2009

South Ferry Terminal Station

Designer illustration of the South Ferry Terminal Station. Depicted as an inside-view, there are commuters going in and out of the station on the right, and there is shown the escalators that lead down to the subway on the left. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the FTA have signed a construction agreement which makes $420 million in federal funding available for the South Ferry Terminal Station, the last station at the southern end of the 1 subway line in Manhattan. The terminal will replace the functionally obsolete station under Battery Park that serves Staten Island Ferry riders. The project will convert the single track, five-car loop station into a three-track, 10-car, stub end two-platform terminal with new access for disabled riders and better connections to the renovated Staten Island ferry terminal and the R and W subway lines. To learn more, please go to the project's webpage at: http://www.mta.info/capconstr/sft/index.html.

Project Schedule

Grant Awarded December 2003
Completion of Environmental Review Process August 2004
Start of Construction March 2005
Completion of Construction August 2008

World Trade Center Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility

Designer illustration of the World Trade Center Site Security Center in New York City The FTA has awarded a $478 million grant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for the construction of a vehicle security-screening center for the World Trade Center site. The security center will screen all vehicles for security threats and will be a vital component to the World Trade Center Master Plan. It will also provide parking for tour buses. This project is currently in preliminary engineering and nearing completion of the environmental review process.

Project Schedule

Grant Awarded July 2005
Completion of Environmental Review Process January 2007
Start of Construction April 2007
Completion of Construction January 2010

Route 9A/West Street Reconstruction

An aerial view of the Route 9A Promenade South Project. FTA has approved $287.3 million for reconstruction of Route 9A/West Street by the New York State Department of Transportation. This project will rebuild the major north-south arterial roadway in Lower Manhattan between Chambers Street and Battery Place, with the southern end of the project known as Promenade South. The project will improve pedestrian circulation through the area and will help to make nearby parks and neighborhood destinations more accessible by incorporating urban design features and amenities. The eastern sidewalk will be widened where feasible to improve accessibility, provide street trees, and add aesthetic enhancements. On the west side, along the new Promenade and adjacent to Battery Park City, a series of unique urban spaces are envisioned and are being developed for varied uses by community members and visitors alike.

Project Schedule (for Promenade South Project)

FTA and FHWA signed MOA making funds available June 2004
Start of Construction October 2004
Completion of Construction December 2006

Project Schedule (for WTC Segment of Route 9A)

FTA and FHWA signed MOA making funds available July 2005
Start of Construction April 2007
Completion of Construction June 2009

Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center

FTA has awarded a $6.4 million grant to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the start-up and operation of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center. The Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City created the command center by executive order to coordinate and oversee the large number of construction projects planned for Lower Manhattan. The command center will bring together private developers, public agencies, utilities, businesses, and resident representatives to implement strategies to minimize the impact of construction on all those who live, work, and visit in Lower Manhattan.

Project Schedule

Grant Awarded October 2005
Expiration of the Executive Order December 2010

Lower Manhattan Recovery Office Chronology

Date Event/Deliverable
September 11, 2001 Terrorist attacks on World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania
September 18, 2001 Congress passed Public Law 107-38 providing funds for response and recovery
January 10, 2002 Congress passed Public Law 107-117 providing funds for security, capital investments, and ferry projects
June 20, 2002 Members of the Federal Task Force to Rebuild New York City signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining streamlined environmental coordination and review procedures
August 2, 2002 Congress passed Public Law 107-206 providing $4.55 billion for the rebuilding of transportation infrastructure in Lower Manhattan
February 6, 2003 Governor Pataki signed a letter requesting funds for 3 projects: World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal, South Ferry Terminal Station, and Fulton Street Transit Center
March 28, 2003 Introduced Risk Management Approach to Project Management
April 16, 2003 Awarded $11.4 million grant to New York City DOT for the West Midtown Ferry Terminal
June 18, 2003 Awarded $50 million grant for preliminary engineering for the Fulton Street Transit Center
July 31, 2003 Awarded $35.625 million grant to New Jersey Transit for Hoboken Ferry Terminal
August 21, 2003 Awarded $4.83 million grant to NYSERDA for study of clean fuels for ferries
August 21, 2003 Awarded $172,000 grant to Rutgers University for evaluation of NYSERDA research
September 3, 2003 Environmental Analysis Framework signed by Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority and New York State DOT
September 24, 2003 Awarded $2.375 million grant to New Jersey DOT for Colgate/Sussex Ferry Facility
December 3, 2003 Amended grant for Fulton Street Transit Center to total $750 million for design and construction
December 3, 2003 Awarded $400 million grant for South Ferry Terminal Station
December 16, 2003 Awarded $1.7 billion grant for World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
December 17, 2003 Governor Pataki signed a letter requesting funds for Promenade South segment of Route 9A/West Street project
January 23, 2004 Signed Highlands Ferry Project environmental Categorical Exclusion
February 18, 2004 Signed Project Development Agreements for South Ferry Terminal Station and the Fulton Street Transit Center
February 20, 2004 Signed Project Development Agreement for World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
May 21, 2004 Signed Categorical Exclusion for parts of Fulton Street Transit Center project
June 18, 2004 Signed Memorandum of Agreement with FHWA to make $87.3 million available for Promenade South & Rt. 9A Project
August 10, 2004 Signed Programmatic Agreement for the South Ferry Terminal outlining approach to preserving historic resources
August 20, 2004 Awarded $9.5 million grant to NYC DOT for East River Ferry Landings Projects
August 30, 2004 Signed environmental Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for South Ferry Terminal Station project
November 22, 2004 Signed environmental Record of Decision for Fulton Street Transit Center project
January 10, 2005 Awarded $9.5 million grant to Union County, NJ for the Elizabeth Ferry Terminal project
February 11, 2005 Signed Construction Agreement with the MTA for the South Ferry project. This agreement caps federal funding for the project at $420 million, and commits the project sponsor to completing the project by May 31, 2008
April 19, 2005 Signed Memorandum of Agreement (Section 106) for World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
May 13, 2005 Published Final Environmental Impact Statement for World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
June 3, 2005 Received Governor Pataki's request letter for additional funding for the World Trade Center Site Security Center, WTC East and West Bathtubs
June 29, 2005 Signed Record of Decision for World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
July 7, 2005 Awarded $478 million grant to PANYNJ for World Trade Center Site Security Center
July 7, 2005 Awarded $221 million grant amendment to PANYNJ for the World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
August 30, 2005 Official groundbreaking ceremony by MTA for the Fulton Street Transit Center project
September 6, 2005 Official groundbreaking ceremony by PANYNJ for the World Trade Center Permanent PATH Terminal
October 5, 2005 Awarded $5 million grant to Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the start-up and operation of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
October 27, 2005 Signed Construction Agreement with the MTA for the Fulton Street Transit Center project. This agreement caps federal funding for the project at $847 million, and commits the project sponsor to completing the project by July 31, 2010
November 30, 2005 Awarded $1.2 million grant amendment to Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center.
April 5, 2006 Signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Federal Highway Administration related to the oversight and funding ($200 million in LMRO funds) of Route 9A WTC Promenade project.
April 20, 2006 Signed a historic preservation Memorandum of Agreement covering the World Trade Center Vehicular Security Center pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
April 25, 2006 Signed Construction Agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the World Trade Center PATH Terminal project. This agreement caps total project cost at $2.5 billion, and commits the project sponsor to completing the project by April 30, 2012 or earlier.
January 24, 2007 Signed Construction Agreement with New York State Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of Route 9A/West Street from West Thames Street to Chambers Street. This agreement caps the FTA funding for this segment at $228 million, and commits the project sponsor to completing the project by January 13, 2011 or earlier.

Updated: 3/1/2007