The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, a once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, finally reopened Saturday after being closed for nearly two decades.
The station, located directly below the World Trade Center, is one of the last significant components to reopen as lower Manhattan continues to rebuild what was lost from the attacks.
When the Twin Towers came down, parts of the iconic buildings tore through the terminal. Pictures taken after the attack show the station buried under debris, a gaping hole above it, and its metal beams bent nearly in half. The ceiling had to be completely renovated and 1,200 ft of track had to be rebuilt, CBS New York reports.
Trains began running to the station, now called WTC Cortlandt, at noon local time on Saturday. The reopening also comes just days before the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Over the years, the costs for the project soared from $69 million to $158 million, according to reports. Work on the project just started in 2015 because New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority was not able to gain control of the site until then. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kept the station closed while it worked on restoring the surrounding area.
Source: CBS News