After more than 10 years of construction and countless delays, the Fulton Center transportation hub opened its doors at 5am this morning to the estimated 300,000 passengers that will pass through the gleaming new station every day.
The new complex connects a whopping nine different subway lines: the A, C, J, Z, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Starting next year, riders will also be able to transfer to the E and 1 trains, as well as PATH trains (if they've decided to spend a day exploring New Jersey). The complex's multiple floors and 66,000 square feet of retail space make it the biggest transit hub in NYC.
In addition to the added convenience the Fulton Center will now give many Financial District commuters, the large, public space also makes for a more inspiring subway ride than your average station. The “Sky-Reflector-Net” in the new structure’s roof funnels natural light two-stories below street level through a 110-foot-high glass dome. Stairs and escalators throughout echo that structure’s curved lines and silver sleekness.
Check out the Instagram shots below to see what first-time visitors to the new hub had to say about the space. And if you want to see the station for yourself, here are some things you can do tonight in the Financial District.