MTA reopens old South Ferry subway station

Newly installed turnstiles and gates at South Ferry Newly installed turnstiles and gates at South Ferry subway station. Photo Credit: MTA

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The new South Ferry station that superstorm Sandy knocked out of commission is still undergoing $600 million in repairs, but commuters Thursday can catch the No. 1 train in lower Manhattan on an old platform.

The MTA said Wednesday that the No. 1 train will pull into a station near the Staten Island Ferry at 5 a.m. The station was decommissioned in 2009 when the new terminal was opened. The old station was rehabilitated for commuters after the South Ferry station took a heavy beating from the storm.

"It became clear that the time necessary to repair . . . [the new South Ferry station] would be too long a period to deny our customers a direct link to lower Manhattan," MTA interim executive director Thomas Prendergast said last month.

Repairs on the newer No. 1 train station, which cost more than $500 million, may take up to three years to complete, at an estimated cost of $600 million. Sandy sent 15 million gallons of water into the station, destroying electrical and mechanical equipment.

MTA acting chairman Fernando Ferrer will join agency personnel Thursday in greeting commuters at the entrance of the old station, which cost $2 million to rehab.

The restored No. 1 train will miss a few of the amenities the new station offered. Among them, only the first five cars of the train will open to the station platform.

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