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South Ferry Terminal Project

Project Description

Current Conditions

The existing South Ferry station, which is the southern terminal for the 1 (Broadway-7th Avenue) subway 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.

   
Existing station location Existing station design

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 1 2 and 3 subway lines. It was also built as a single loop track, which limits the number of trains that can be stores (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.

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Video clip of South Ferry station

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.

Planned Improvements

South Ferry Terminal plan

The reconstruction of the South Ferry Terminal will result in the relocation of the station platform and mezzanine to a new location underneath Peter Minuit Plaza and State Street. The rebuilt station will include the following improvements:

Diorama of new South Ferry station

When the reconstruction project is finished, the project benefits will include:

 

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