Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MTA mulls reopening (one) South Ferry Station

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One subway station in Manhattan mauled by Hurricane Sandy last October remains problematic for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and it's an important subway/ferry transfer hub: South Ferry Station.

At issue is whether MTA should reopen the old South Ferry Station first, decommissioned in 2009 when it was replaced by a newer version, or concentrate on the new station, which would take longer and cost more. A third option is to work on both stations, though the cost of doing so would be much higher, and at present is not being seriously considered.

MTA Acting Executive Director Thomas Prendergast acknowledges that the agency's customers, particularly those traveling to and from Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry, are still inconvenienced by the station's shutdown, due to severe flooding damage. "We can't have the impacts that people are experiencing today take many months," Prendergast said Tuesday.

The old South Ferry Station, terminus for the No. 1 line, provided a limited length, curved platform which allowed passenger entry and exit from only five cars, generating safety and crowd flow issues. The old station also did not link to the R line as the new station did, facilitating transfers.Both stations were inundated by flood waters overhwelming large portions of downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.

No time line has been given for either approach, Prendergast said.

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