NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The area of New York City known as "ground zero" since Sept. 11, 2001, bustled with positive activity Sunday for the first time since that fateful day.
The ruby-red "WTC" destination signs were lit once again and the World Trade Center PATH Station reopened Sunday after a $323 million, 16-month reconstruction, The New York Times reported.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, New Jersey Senators Jon Corzine and Frank R. Lautenberg joined members of victims' families for the ceremonial first trip aboard the last eight cars to leave the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the Times said.
The link to New Jersey was formally opened to the public at 2 p.m. for free rides until midnight.
Two tunnels had to be rebuilt and more than a mile of new track had to be replaced. The new permanent $2 billion transportation hub planned for the site will be done in 2006.