Nearly five years and almost $350 million in renovations later, commuters are headed back to the South Ferry subway station Tuesday.
The extensive damage from Sandy forced the MTA to reopen the old, decommissioned South Ferry stop. Commuters were only able to get off from the first five cars of the train.
Sandy dumped millions of gallons of water into the station. Flood waters climbed to the top of large banks of escalators at the station, which had been newly renovated three years before the storm.
It took $369 million to fix the station, which includes infrastructure to protect the station from future floods.
South Ferry reopened Tuesday after a four-year, $350 million fix project – and the current station known as old South Ferry, which straphangers have been using again to catch the 1 train since 2013, goes back into oblivion, NY1 reported. Racks of switches and terminals in the relay room, all of which were new in 2008 prior to the station reopening in 2009, were destroyed.
MTA officials said they were delighted to have the station finally reopen. “That’s why our efforts to harden the system to guard against these vulnerabilities is so critical not only for the transit network infrastructure itself but for the regional economy and more than 8 million customers who rely on us each today”.