Cortlandt Street subway station destroyed in 9/11 still not in use

Staten Island Advance

NEW YORK  — A subway station that was destroyed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed onto it in 2001 is still under construction and likely won’t reopen until 2018.

The Cortlandt Street 1 train station was crushed beneath falling debris from the towers September 11, 2001. About a year later, downtown 1 trains began whizzing through it again, restoring service to other downtown stations. But the station itself has been a vacant shell ever since.

In this photo from 2002, crews were working around the clock to demolish and rebuild the Cortlandt Street subway station, but the work soon stopped. Now, it looks as through the station will reopen in 2018. (Associated Press)

In this photo from 2002, crews were working around the clock to demolish and rebuild the Cortlandt Street subway station, but the work soon stopped. Now, it looks as through the station will reopen in 2018. (Associated Press)

On Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted to take over the project from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at a cost of about $101 million. The cost includes an additional $31.5 million to the original price tag to compensate the contractor for construction delays.

Because the station runs directly underneath the World Trade Center memorial, the Port Authority and the MTA had debated for years over who should pay for the station’s repairs. Read More »

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Mid-air irony: Son of 9/11 victim aids suspect’s attorney

Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA –When an attorney for the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks suddenly collapsed on a recent war court airplane shuttle, only one passenger was equipped to offer emergency care — a young man whose father was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He turned first responder without hesitation.

“I didn’t really do anything super impressive, just obtained vitals and tried to figure out what was going on, and gave oxygen,” said Tufts University senior Robert Mathai, 21, who checked the man’s pulse, talked to him and tended to him for about an hour before landing at Andrews Air Force Base and handing him off to an ambulance crew on Feb. 14. Read More »

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Woman who ferried supplies to WTC in her late 70s dies

Legacy.com

Gertraud A. (Trudy) Bopp, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 in NC. Mrs. Bopp was a resident of the River Landing At Sandy Ridge Retirement Community in Colfax, NC and was formerly of Middletown, Little Silver and Tinton Falls, NJ.

Gertraud was born in Coburg, Germany. She came to the United States in 1952 after receiving a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohm-Polytechnikum in Nuernberg, Germany. She was the Assistant Director of Research and later Director of Materials Science for the General Cable Corporation. She later served as a Senior Research Scientist with the Wire and Cable Materials Group of the Union Carbide Corporation. She was awarded a number of U. S. Patents during her career including several together with her late husband, Louis.

Mrs. Bopp was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 22, Red Bank, NJ. Her status was changed to retired in 2013. During the week following the September 11, 2001 attack, she served as a boat crew person, ferrying fireman and equipment to Ground Zero. She was also known for her work producing Over the Bow, a color magazine for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Read More »

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