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South Ferry Station Repairs May Take 3 Years, Cost $600 Million, MTA Says

By Irene Plagianos | January 18, 2013 4:53pm

LOWER MANHATTAN — Repairs to the South Ferry station in Lower Manhattan may take up to three years and cost $600 million, following extensive damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.

“It was the worst-hit station in the city,” said Kevin Ortiz, MTA spokesman. “It was completely destroyed.”

Ortiz said the MTA is still in the process of assessing the damage to the station, which was inundated with saltwater. Fixing the station could take one to three years, he said.

Costly repairs will include replacing signals and restoring the corroded structure of the station, which is last stop on the southbound 1 train.

The station, at the tip of Manhattan, underwent a $545 million renovation in 2009.