Mr. Irwin, your links to The Times' slideshow remains active, and raises an observation that obviously any consideration to building the South Tube has forever been scuttled.
I have Ex Libris Droege
which notes that the South Tube is to be built later. From the slideshow, it appears that the first World Trade Center still allowed for the provision to have that tube built. However, for the second WTC, it would certainly appear that second tube is forever a lost cause.
Nevertheless, The Times has an extremely positive article today regarding the Calatravas designed WTC terminal:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/nyreg ... ndest.html
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- How much did it cost to build Grand Central Terminal?
Most people cannot answer that question ($80 million, as it happens), in part because it no longer seems very salient. Whatever the price, New York received an enduring landmark in exchange, a portal to the city that has never lost its power to inspire awe.
If the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is ever to emerge from under the shadow of its $3.94 billion price tag (double Grand Central’s, adjusted for inflation), it will have to do more than move PATH commuters efficiently. It will have to lift hearts.
Perhaps it can.
A visit to the monumental station on Wednesday left the impression that its main transit hall may be the most hopeful element at the trade center complex when it opens in 2015.
Even if there is not to be a new Penn Station structure, New York will have two 'Grand Entrances' by rail - even if they will only be used by commuters who could care less about any aesthetics of the structure from which their train arrives or leaves.