South Ferry Terminal Project
The existing South Ferry station, which is the southern terminal for the / subway lines (Broadway-7th Avenue line), is used by more than 6 million people each year, including commuters transferring from the adjacent Staten Island Ferry terminal, and tourists visiting Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Islands.
The station was built in 1905, at a time when subway trains were much shorter than they are today. As a result, the platform can only accommodate the first five cars of each train, requiring customers in the rear cars to walk forward to exit, increasing the chance of train delays which can affect service throughout the entire / / / lines. It was also built as a single loop track, which limits the number of trains that can be stored (other subway terminal station have two or three tracks). In addition, the curvature of the platform requires the use of mechanical "gap fillers" to cover the space between the platform and the train door, and causes moving trains to generate excessive noise.
Other limitations include a single entrance and narrow stairs that cause congestion for customers entering and leaving the station, and no station access for customers with disabilities.
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