WTC Transport Hub Comes Into View

An artist’s rendition of the planned World Trade Center transit hub upon its planned completion in 2015. (World Trade Center)
An artist’s rendition of the planned World Trade Center transit hub upon its planned completion in 2015. (World Trade Center)

NEW YORK (AP) - Workers have placed the first piece of steel above ground at the World Trade Center’s new transportation hub.

The 10-ton piece of steel swung above a deep rectangular pit at the construction site Monday before workers secured it to the ground. It’s the first of more than 600 pieces of steel that will comprise the hub.

When completed in 2015, the hub will be shaped like enormous white wings about to take flight. It will connect 13 subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey and serve more than 100,000 daily commuters. It will replace the temporary station that was built after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

A metal rib is lowered Monday for installation at the WTC hub. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A metal rib is lowered Monday for installation at the WTC hub. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)