South Ferry Subway Station Sprouts Leaks

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One of the city’s newest subway station is already showing cracks.

The South Ferry subway terminal is sprouting leaks that are causing water damage to the newly tiled walls of the renovated station that underwent a $530 million facelift three years ago.  

MTA CEO Joseph Lhota said rising sea levels coupled with poorly sealed walls led to leaks in the station, which opened in 2009.

“As part of the renovations there is some leakage coming through and you can see it on the tiles,” Lhota said. “What's happening is that it was not properly sealed and what's also happening is that the water table is rising.”

Lhota said the waters of New York Harbor have risen since the project started in 2005, and the MTA is working with the station's contractor to make repairs.


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Philip Orton from manhattan

I study sea level rise, and while it is a serious concern for NYC and humanity at large, this claim seems silly and really Lhota needs to elaborate on what he means.

... or has the author simply translated his quote of “water table is rising” into “sea level rise”? Not necessarily the same thing, with the heavy rains and Irene surge of the past year.

On the face of it, this seems like a weak attempt to partially blame climate change… and deflect attention.

Sea level at Battery Park is rising at well below one centimeter per year. It may be that water got into places it hadn’t been in decades, due to a rising water table during Irene’s storm surge, or due to heavy rains. That is mixing up weather and climate, which happens all too often. Either Lhota or the article author seems to be at fault for the confusion, not sea level rise.

Dr. Philip Orton
Stevens Institute of Technology

Jun. 29 2012 08:17 PM

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