Monday, March 16, 2009

Flooding dampens debut of South Ferry Station

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New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority opened its $530 million new South Ferry Station in lower Manhattan to customers March 16 following the morning rush hour, with Gov. David Paterson the first official customer to pass through the station’s turnstiles.

But separate from the opening ceremony and the station itself, numerous lunch-hour riders from at least one line serving the station, the No. 1, were unable to access the new facility; a flood condition of unspecified origin at Canal Street disrupted service on 1, 2, and 3 lines below 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.

MTA’s first No. 1 train using the new station departed northbound at 12:05 p.m. and successfully made the trip; service on the No. 1 in both directions was interrupted at roughly 12:25 p.m.