Posts Tagged ‘south ferry’

That pesky switch at Dyckman Street (1)

Monday, August 10th, 2009

So….

service alert - switch problems at Dyckman - 8-10-09

Service Alert fun for the day

Why exactly does a switch problem at Dyckman Street cause the suspension of southbound (1) train service??

First Photos of the New South Ferry Terminal Grand Opening

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Yesterday at noon I rode the first (1) train into the new South Ferry subway terminal, and then ran across the platform to ride the first (1) train out of the new South Ferry subway terminal (I guess you can say I couldn’t wait to get out of there). Many of you know my views on the new station, so I won’t get into that right now.

There were many photographers present at the grand opening, so instead of showing you photos you’ve already seen, I’m going to highlight what I feel are some unique photos that I took. And these are only from the first batch of yesterday’s photos – I have more to come.

Click on each thumbnail to view the full-size photo.

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

Ok, let me take one potshot here at the new station: the best view of the new South Ferry subway terminal is the one looking back as you’re getting the heck out of there

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

To see the rest of the first photos, and to watch for more in the upcoming days, go to this album: New South Ferry Stub-End Terminal

Misconceptions about the South Ferry loop subway station

Friday, March 13th, 2009

South Ferry loop subway station

South Ferry loop subway station

Now that the South Ferry subway station is back in the news due to the imminent opening of the new 2-track subway terminal, I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions.

South Ferry misconception #1: A new subway station was needed because the loop station can only platform 5 cars of the train.

  • Reality: The platform can actually hold 7 cars, but due to several reason (both good and bad), only 5 cars can be opened. So if instead of building a whole new station you just wanted to extended the length of the existing station, you’d only need to build 3 car lengths of platform, not 5 car lengths.

South Ferry misconception #2: A new subway station was needed because the loop station only has one exit/entry.

  • Reality: So build more! Why do you need a whole new station just to add some new exits to street level? In fact, there was a second entrance built – it was used while the new ferry terminal was being built and the original entrance had to be temporarily closed. But then they closed the second entrance when the ferry terminal was completed. So adding more staircases would not be that big of a deal.

South Ferry misconception #3: Being able to use all 10-cars on the way to the ferry is so awesome!

  • Reality: Subway riders position themselves on the train so that they are closest to their exit. The closest exit from the new subway terminal to the ferry terminal will be at the front of the train. So that’s where everyone is going to want to be. So, IMO, the vast majority of people will still only be using the front half of the train!

New South Ferry terminal not opening in the near future

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Even though the platform width fix was only supposed to take three to four weeks, it looks like the new South Ferry subway terminal won’t be opening any time soon, since the MTA spokesman can’t give an opening date at this time. This comes after it didn’t open in January 2009 or December 2008, which were two previously announced opening dates.

When will the new South Ferry on the (1) open for service?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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The MTA website today says that the new terminal for the West Side IRT at South Ferry in on schedule to be completed by February 2009. However, the terminal may open for service earlier than that. NYCT may be able to begin running in-service trains into the terminal before it is 100% complete. Of course, the terminal could also open sometime after February 2009. As far as fans of the current South Ferry loop care, the opening of the new terminal can be – never.