You can debate whether or not you think Santiago Calatrava’s design for the World Trade Center PATH station is a work of art. What you can’t debate is it is insanely and irresponsibly expensive even if it is a work of art. According to the Times, the winged-shaped mall with some trains running under it, will likely cost in the ballpark of $4 billion.
Even more confounding, this station currently serves an average of “46,000” riders (It is built with the capacity to serve four times that if needed). Where are these people coming from?
By comparison, Grand Central cost in the neighborhood of $2 billion in today’s dollars and serves a little more than 200,000 each day.
My guess is Calatrava is still flying high 10 years after landing this winged wonder, seeing he collected “$80 million” for the design. An amount that would likely make many New Yorker’s give him what he’s always wanted. The bird.