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MTA Hoping To Restore At Least Some Service To South Ferry Station

Damage caused by Sandy at the South Ferry station (credit: MTA New York City Transit / David Henly)

Damage caused by Sandy at the South Ferry station (credit: MTA New York City Transit / David Henly)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Acting Metropolitan Transportation Authority executive director Thomas Prendergast said Tuesday that the agency looking into ways to get at least some service back running at the South Ferry subway station.

Prendergast spoke to the City Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Prendergast said limited train service could return sooner than a full restoration of the station, according to a Wall Street Journal report. He said the agency hoped to have a timeline for restoration in the next couple of months.

The station is the terminal point for the No. 1 train, and is located at the embarkation point for the Staten Island Ferry. The No. 1 train has been terminating at Rector Street since shortly after Superstorm Sandy.

During the superstorm, the station was inundated with water up to its ceiling.

“South Ferry was destroyed. It wasn’t hurt. It wasn’t wrecked. It was destroyed – from top to bottom,” former MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said in November.

Last month, the MTA said it estimates that fully restoring the station will take three years and cost $600 million.

That includes $350 million for physical repairs; $200 million for signal replacement; $30 million for third-rail equipment and $20 million for line equipment.

Prendergast also said the agency is looking into ways to protect the infrastructure from future floods.

The No. 1 train station underwent a $545 million renovation and expansion in 2009.

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