South Ferry Subway Repairs Could Take 3 Years

Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:21 AM EDT
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Employees from MTA New York City Transit worked to restore the South Ferry subway station after it was flooded by seawater during Hurricane Sandy.

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Fixing all the damage inflicted on the South Street subway station by Sandy may take up to three years.

Last month, the MTA said the repairs would take at least a year.

But on Thursday, the agency said it estimates that fully restoring the station would take much longer 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.

The South Ferry subway station, at Manhattan's southern tip, was inundated with water up to its ceiling during the storm.

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

The station is a major conduit to the Staten Island and Liberty Island ferries.

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