No. 1 service restored in old South Ferry station

Newly installed turnstiles and gates at South Ferry

Newly installed turnstiles and gates at South Ferry subway station. (MTA) (Credit: Newly installed turnstiles and gates at the old South Ferry subway station. (MTA) )

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

The MTA announced Wednesday that at 5 a.m. Thursday the No. 1 will be chugging through a station near the Staten Island Ferry that was decommissioned in 2009 when the new terminal was opened. The old station was rehabilitated for commuters after the South Ferry station wtook 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," said MTA Interim Executive director Thomas Prendergastearlier in March.

Repairs on the newer No. 1 train station, which cost more than $500 million, can 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 personnelwill greet commuters at the entrance of the old station, which cost $2 million to bring back.

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


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