Since the station is much simpler in design and much smaller i think it'd be possible to have it operational in the mean, unless it was catastrophically damaged. It is very close to the river & in fill so who knows.
25Hz wrote:So there was a problem aside from signals.
Reports say the old loop station was damaged also, and the curve extenders were removed prior to the storm. Doesn't look good.
Regarding south ferry - 3 year old station gets flooded, may be 3 more till it re-opens. That has to really suck for SIF riders. I wonder if the old loop station is useable?
The Old South Ferry station is a mess and was always a mess and a hamper on operations even before the hurricane.
It's not ADA accessible, it can only load/unload out of the first 5 cars, it needs platform gap fillers which have been removed and would have to be replaced with new ones, and the old station also has a lot less thruput than the current set up does, so there would be less trains (which would not go well with the big increase in ridership of later years).
And the old station is not actually simpler in design. The loop always had a weird set up with signalling, the new station was much easier to get trains in and out of for both the MTA and the passengers.
And that station was completely obliterated too both from the hurricane and a couple years of neglect as well.
For now walking to Rector Street/taking the bus to a (1) station/taking the (4)(5) at Bowling Green and transferring at Fulton Street is the most effective option at this stage. It's best to let NYCT devote as many resources as possible to fixing the new station as quickly as possible.
But this is the PATH forum, remember.