Fulton Center

  • New transit hub and related improvements to link six subway stations and 12 subway lines in lower Manhattan.
  • New 350-foot underground concourse links existing Fulton Street station to lines serving World Trade Center.
  • Historic 19th century tower preserved and restored.

New York City’s subways were built privately in the early 20th century and easy transfer between them was not a goal of the system. Later, when the city took over their operation, underground station connections were created, in some cases via confusing routes that created pedestrian bottlenecks and train delays.

One of the busiest transfer points is at Fulton Street in lower Manhattan, where nine lines currently converge. More than 275,000 passengers pass through the station on weekdays. To improve passenger and train flow, a new transit hub was proposed for the station that would also boost the economic vitality of lower Manhattan.

Arup is lead consultant for the $888m Fulton Center project, providing overall planning and project management, engineering and risk advice to MTA New York City Transit. When completed, the project will provide easy access and transfers between 12 subway lines and six stations, including those serving the World Trade Center site.

The overall work involves a number of distinct sub-projects: construction of the main transit centre building, rehabilitation of four existing stations, construction of an underground pedestrian concourse and connections to two other stations. There will also be improved street-level access to the subway, including new entrances in the historic 19th Century Corbin building, which is being restored.

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  • Rendering of new Fulton Center, showing glass structure and prominent oculus. Credit and copyright MTACC/NYCT/Arup.Open gallery

    Arup is lead consultant for the Fulton Center project.

  • Rendering of Fulton Center oculus. Credit and copyright MTACC/NYCT/Arup.Open gallery

    Our structural engineers used parametric modeling tools for the building's centrepiece oculus.