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SUBWAY HUB FLUB. Overruns curb vision for Fulton St. station
PETE DONOHUE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
26 May 2005
New York Daily News

THE MTA'S Fulton Street Transit Center - envisioned as an inspiring subway hub and a lower Manhattan beacon - has fallen a year behind schedule and is being scaled back to stay on budget.

The completion date has been pushed to December 2008, agency documents show.

The steel-and-glass dome that was to rise to a peak of 110 feet above street level from within the aboveground entrance hall - on Broadway between Fulton and John Sts. - will be significantly smaller, said Mysore Nagaraja, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Construction Co.

The width of the underground Dey St. passageway to subway lines to the west will be 29 feet wide, not 40 feet.

Plans had to be scaled back because projected costs, including real estate acquisitions, have soared beyond the $750 million budget, officials said.

"What we are saying now is the new design is the economically elegant design," Nagaraja said.

The MTA board will be asked next month to give approval for work on the final design to begin.

The delay stems from the extensive environmental review process mandated by the federal government, Nagaraja said.

That took longer than expected and slowed progress on necessary property acquisitions.

The complex currently is a dingy, mazelike combination of several separate stations that serve 300,000 riders daily. Trains on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, M and Z lines stop there.

Plans call for a natural light-infused station, with sunlight reaching platforms, and easier connections, officials say.

"It's going to be beautiful. It's going to change the landscape of lower Manhattan," Nagaraja promised.

But Beverly Dolinksy, head of the New York City Transit Riders Council, was concerned.

"I'm not happy that they are scaling it back and not happy about the delay, either," she said. "It's another delay in the rebuilding of downtown. This was supposed to be making a statement for present and future generations."
 
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