The new Fulton Street Transit Center opened in November 2014, connecting nine subway lines in Lower Manhattan (New York, US) and rivals Grand Central for providing a light, airy, and pleasant commuting experience, albeit on a smaller scale.
The Fulton Center brings together five underground stations that had been built by three competing subway systems—the IRT (originally designed by William Barclay Parsons in the 1890s), the BMT (which dates to 1913), and the IND (which began construction in 1925). Even after these systems were consolidated under the New York City Transit Authority in 1953, transferring among the lines was difficult. The new center makes transferring among the nine lines (A, C, J, Z, R, 2, 3, 4, 5) convenient and pleasant.
The centerpiece of the station is a glass-and- steel structure that features a soaring glass oculus, 90-feet (27-metres) high, and a large atrium.