Damaged NYC subway line may reopen early

Posted on January 4, 2002

Transit officials said yesterday that the subway line partially destroyed near the World Trade Center would be rebuilt and open again as early as November, more than a year earlier than originally planned, reported The New York Times. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Metropolitan Transit Authority had discussed the possibility of rebuilding the subway lines along an alternate route to better serve Battery Park City, said The Times. Due to the high costs associated with rerouting, the subway line will be rebuilt mostly as it was before the attacks. Because any modernization to the line will be a part of a second rebuilding phase, service is expected to be restored much earlier--just over a year after the attacks. About 575 feet of the line is totally collapsed, in two separate locations, but subway engineers have said that hundreds more feet are structurally unsound, with once-straight I-beams bent into curves and dozens of holes punched through the tunnel walls by falling debris, said The Times. Cost for the rebuilding, scheduled to begin now, is expected to be paid for with insurance money and with later help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said The Times.

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