World Trade Center Stop On E Line Reopens
01/27/2002 01:19 PM
The E subway line resumed service to the World Trade Center stop Monday morning.
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The station is on the edge of the World Trade Center complex but was not damaged in the September 11 attack. It has remained closed - with E trains terminating at Canal Street - to avoid interference with the recovery and cleanup efforts at the site.
"It's one more step towards making Downtown a little more normal," says Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Albert O'Leary.
Two exits at the station are still closed: the stairwell at Vesey Street and the old entrance to the World Trade Center mall. Nonetheless, those who work in the area, many of whom have been taking extra long walks to the subway, have been eager to see it back in operation.
The MTA is also hoping the the reopening will ease some overcrowding at a number of transfer points. An influx of commuters has been crowding onto other lines around the World Trade Center site in order to connect to the E train at Canal Street and other stations.
"Many of those people who had to transfer before at Canal, 14th and 34th streets are going to be able to remain on the E line, and hopefully that will relieve some of the crowding at those major transfer points," says O'Leary.
For now, the name of the station remains "Chambers/World Trade Center," but the MTA expects there will be a push to change it.