The South Ferry subway station will reopen on Tuesday, nearly five years after the brand new station was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
The station was destroyed by 15 million gallons of salt water and sewage that flooded 80 feet high from the tracks to the mezzanine in October of 2012. It destroyed all of the electrical and mechanical systems in the station, which was only two years old at the time.
The MTA reopened the old South Ferry station in April of 2013 after figuring out that it would take several years to repair the new one. And once again, riders had to pile onto the first five cars if they wanted to be able to get off at that tiny, antiquated station.
It took $369 million to repair the station, which includes infrastructure to protect the station from future floods.
When the new station, which sits just a few feet from the New York Harbor, opened in 2009, it had cost about $545 million to build. At the time, it was the first new station in the system to open since 1989.
MTA officials said they were delighted to have the station finally reopen.
“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,” said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, who just came back to the role last week and was also at the helm when Sandy hit. “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.”