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Cortlandt St. R Station Re-Opens

<p>The MTA reopened the southbound side of the Cortlandt Street R subway station on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in time, as promised, for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.</p>
<p>The collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, caused significant damage to the Cortlandt Street R station as well as the Cortlandt Street station on the 1 line, which remains out of service. The R Line station remained closed for a year while damage from the collapse was repaired. The station then operated from September 15, 2002 until August 20, 2005, when it was closed again for the excavation and construction of the Dey Street Passageway, part of the Fulton Street Transit Center project. The northbound side of the Cortlandt St R station was reopened in November 2009.</p>
<p><div style="float:right; margin-left:10px; width:500px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/archive/imgs/cortlandt.jpg" alt="Cortlandt Street R Subway Station Photo"><br /><span class="caption"><p>MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder and elected officials re-opened the southbound platform of the Cortlandt St R subway station on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. <a href="http://bit.ly/pO2mpm">More info here</a>. Left to right (front row): NYS Senator Daniel Squadron; Congressman Jerrold Nadler; MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder; NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; and NYC Council Member Margaret Chin. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.</p></span></div>Now, customers will be able to access the southbound platform through two underground passageways: through the newly constructed Cortlandt Street underpass or the entrance from One Liberty Plaza. This pedestrian concourse will serve as a vital link between the Cortlandt Street station and the Fulton Street Transit Center currently under construction by MTA Capital Construction.</p>
<p>The $20 million dollar project to reopen the southbound Cortlandt Street platform was funded by the Port Authority and the MTA. The station's artwork, <a href="/mta/aft/permanentart/permart.html?agency=nyct&line=R&station=16&xdev=1709">Trade, Treasure and Travel, by artist Margie Hughto</a> and commissioned in 1997, survived the 9/11 attacks and remained in storage until the station rehabilitation was complete. The murals are comprised of twelve thematically related hand-made bas-relief ceramic tile panels relating to finance and decorated with real and mythical creatures connected to the sea trade.</p>
<p>"We made a commitment to have this platform open before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and today we are here to fulfill that commitment," said MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder. "I'm so proud that the MTA is able to participate in another vital milestone in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. Our employees were first responders on that tragic day; we worked tirelessly to bring the subway back just months after the attack and every day since we have been rebuilding and helping the city come back stronger than ever."</p>
<p>MTA Capital Construction is responsible for rebuilding the station. Its president, Michael Horodniceanu, stated, "This is a significant customer benefit that we've been able to re-open ahead of schedule as we continue to make progress building the Fulton Street Transit Center."</p>
<p>The station is served by the R during the daytime hours and the N during late nights. Cortlandt Street originally opened on January 5, 1918 as part of the BMT Broadway Line.</p>
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">Click here for more photos of the new station.</a></p>