MTA Opens Rebuilt South Ferry Station

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has re-opened the South Ferry Terminal Complex. The station has been restored and upgraded from future flooding, after Superstorm Sandy completely destroyed the complex in 2012. The station, along with previously completed projects at several under river tunnels, showcase resiliency and hardening elements that protect it from a Category 2 storm.  

“In the hours and days after the storm hit, New Yorkers were reminded just how vulnerable we are to Mother Nature and how dependent the region is on the MTA,” stated MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota. “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 eight million customers who rely on us each today.”  

The $369 million South Ferry station project, which was opened on time and on budget, included:

  • replacement of track, signals and power cables; 
  • extensive replacement of damaged electrical equipment;
  • replacement and upgrades to telecommunications systems;
  • replacement of equipment in two circuit-breaker houses, fan plant, pump room;
  • complete rebuild of seven escalators and two elevators;
  • adding two track flood log tunnel barriers;
  • two new pumps added to the existing pump rooms at the station; and
  • adding five On-the-Go Kiosk screens, eight Help Point Intercoms and a new air-circulation system.

Superstorm Sandy sent 15 million gallons of salt water into the South Ferry Terminal Complex Station, destroying all electrical and mechanical systems and other components. Water filled the entire station from the track level to the mezzanine, eventually reaching 80 feet high.

The South Ferry Station is part of the MTA’s overall resiliency plans to protect the subway system in Lower Manhattan from future storms. The MTA has allocated $5.8 billion to fortify the subway system against future weather events.