New South Ferry Subway Station Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Reopens

New South Ferry
The new South Ferry subway station as seen on May 31, 2012. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

NEW YORK — The new South Ferry Terminal Complex, which was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, has re-opened, officials said.

Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 sent 15 million gallons of saltwater into the complex station, destroying 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 flood waters — a mix of seawater, sewage and debris — caused extensive damage to critical equipment throughout the station, which sits a few hundred feet from New York Harbor. The former South Ferry station closed on March 16, 2009, and reopened for service on April 4, 2013, before closing again on June 27.

“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,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a news release. “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.”