Hundreds of relays and thousands of feet of wiring will need to be replaced at the South Ferry subway station according to a Wall Street Journal interview with Wynton Habersham, the MTA’s chief electrical officer. The repairs could take as long as three years, which coincidentally is exactly how long it takes to get from the Upper West Side to the station on the 1 train.
According to Habersham, 14,000 riders passed through South Ferry every day before Superstorm Sandy flooded the station. As he tells WSJ, “A simple cleanup wouldn’t suffice” to restore the station. This fact will come as bad news for both Staten Island commuters and the hopes of any Swiffer-related partnership.
Previously, the MTA had said the repairs would take at least a year. Yesterday, they revised their estimates saying it would take much longer to fully restore the area and it would cost $600 million. That number is only $55 million more than the $545 million renovation and expansion the station underwent in 2009.
So for now it’s best to just think of the South Ferry station as a appearance-crazed celebrity who has major plastic surgery every three years. We can’t wait for the repairs to finish, so we can whisper cattily about how she’s crazy if she thinks nobody can tell she’s had her platform resurfaced and signal-relay room pumped.