NEW YORK (AP) — A portion of destroyed subway tunnel still clogged with World Trade Center debris will be rebuilt and ready for commuters by November, transit officials said.
The tunnel once served the 1 and 9 trains and cuts through the eastern side of the 16-acre trade center complex. It has been out of service since Sept. 11, when the entire New York subway system was shut down.
Most service on the system was restored within a day, but trains on that line have been running other routes through lower Manhattan.
The beams and other mountains of debris must first be excavated before rebuilding of the tunnel can begin, said Al O'Leary, a spokesman for the NYC Transit agency.
"We don't really know the condition of the tunnels," he said Wednesday.
Transit officials don't believe any subway riders or workers were killed in the tunnel or station, which were evacuated before the towers collapsed.