By Andrea Romano
September 11, 2018

The New York City subway system has undergone some major changes since Sept. 11, 2001, but one station that remained closed since the national tragedy seemed like it would never reopen.

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Almost 17 years to the day, the 1 train, World Trade Center-Cortlandt Street station in the Financial District reopened to the public with a brand new tribute to the people who lost their lives on 9/11.

The Cortlandt Street station was destroyed, along with the buildings above it, on the day of the terrorist attacks. MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement that the recovery was “a major milestone in the recovery and growth of downtown Manhattan,” adding, “WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station. It is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site.”

The station officially opened on Saturday, Sept. 8. 

Recovery efforts cost $181.8 million over the last 17 years. The MTA took over the project from the Port Authority in 2015, according to Gothamist. In addition to restoring the station, the walls have been transformed into a white marble mosaic by artist Ann Hamilton, depicting text from the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hamilton entitled her piece “Chorus.”

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Now both tourists and locals can see the striking piece just by passing by on the train. People have been sharing photos and video of the new station on social media.