ST. GEORGE — More than a year after they were knocked out of service by Hurricane Sandy, the "up" escalators at the Whitehall Terminal were turned back on this week.
The escalators at the terminal suffered extensive damage in the storm and needed to be completely rebuilt, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.
After a lengthy procurement process and a wait for parts to be built, the DOT was finally able to turn on the ascending escalators Tuesday night after an inspection.
"[E]scalators are finally fixed at the ferry terminal!" @aokiari tweeted.
"Today was the unveiling of the new escalators at the Staten Island ferry. 1.5 years later? [I]t's about damn time," @jajogandia tweeted.
The DOT also added LED-lights to the sides of both of the up escalators in repairs.
The "down" escalators are still being fixed. DOT officials did not say when they expect to return those to service.