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Port Authority, MTA Officials Discuss Transportation Designs for Lower Manhattan

Officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently met at Columbia to unveil the transportation designs for Lower Manhattan. The panel discussed plans for the PATH Station and transit center at Broadway and Fulton Street and the challenges of building public spaces in the tradition of Grand Central Station.

Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson, Chief Architect of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Robert Davidson, chief architect of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, explored in depth the plans for "a brand new transportation system from Broadway to the Wintergarden and eventually out to the ferry linking all of this infrastructure together." We are taking a series of independent transit lines and making them feel and seem as if they were designed to work together, he said.

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William Wheeler
William Wheeler

William Wheeler, Director of Planning for the Metropolitan Transit Authority
The redevelopment of Lower Manhattan's transportation system is the "largest planning effort in the history of modern New York, and it involves political, technical, architectural, and urban planning issues," said William Wheeler, MTA director of planning. "There's no other studio experience nationally or internationally more urgent than this."

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Arthur Imperatore
Arthur Imperatore

Arthur Imperatore, Jr., President of New York Waterways
"I think we have to look at the events of September 11th as a real opportunity to rebuild Lower Manhattan," said Arthur Imperatore, Jr., president of New York Waterway. "The Lower Manhattan waterfront is a priority redevelopment zone, and the only way to do that is by promoting and enhancing ferry service."

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Shot: Apr 15, 2003
Published: May 21, 2003
Last modified:May 20, 2003