The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit division recently announced it would scale down the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan to avoid exceeding the projected $750 million budget.
The original scope's estimated cost had grown to $825 million since the project broke ground last winter, requiring modifications to fit within the budget, an MTA spokesman said. Almost all of the project funds will come from federal downtown redevelopment grants.
Designed by London-based Grimshaw Architects, the center will untangle connections between stations for 10 city subway lines in Lower Manhattan, expand passageways for its 275,000 users, and connect to the planned World Trade Center station for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's PATH train system.
The modifications to stay within budget call for narrower transfer corridors connecting some subway lines and entryways, as well as eliminating a passageway from the Cortlandt Street station to the World Trade hub. Finally, an egg-shaped, multi-story glass dome designed to let light into the retail area of the complex will be reduced in size. Final designs will not be complete until May, more than a year after the originally scheduled date.
Work started this winter on two new entrances to the 4 and 5 trains at Cortlandt Street and Maiden Lane along with rehabilitation of the Fulton Street station on the 2 and 3 lines. With New York-based Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bovis Lend Lease co-managing construction, the center is still scheduled to open in December 2008.
The agency also hired Slattery Skanska of Queens to build a concrete structural box for the Dey Street Concourse within the Fulton hub. The effort will create a new underground concourse, tracks, and platforms for the R, W, 4, and 5 subway lines, all of which will remain in operation during the construction period.