After more than ten years and an estimated cost of $4 billion the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and enormous sculpture that tops it, named Oculus, is rumored to finally be opening to the public in early March.

You would think after building such a gigantic monument to hubris described by the outgoing Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye as “a symbol of excess” the Port Authority and NYC would be celebrating the occasion. It seems, however, that they’re planning on just unlocking the gates and slinking off as quietly as possible.

Apparently a project that ends up costing almost double it’s original $2.2 billion over budget and seven years overdue doesn’t win elections. Of course in time the extra cost will be offset by fare hikes and tax dollars so I guess we can all pat ourselves on the back for paying for this monstrosity that looks like it’s eager to start devouring downtown New York.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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