Public catches 1st look of World Trade Center's transit hub

By KAREN MATTHEWS - Associated Press ,

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People walk past the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, in New York.

People walk past the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, in New York. (Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers and tourists are getting their first look at the inside of a $3.9 billion transportation hub at the World Trade Center.

One entrance to the station's cathedral-like pavilion opened to the public Thursday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it will hold a ceremony this spring when all the entrances to the station are open.

The transportation hub was originally budgeted at $2 billion.

Cost overruns have been blamed on the architect's demands and the logistical complexity of building it while the Sept. 11 memorial and office towers were also under construction.

The hub will connect Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains to New Jersey with 11 New York City subway lines and ferry service.

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