MTA: Rising Sea Levels Are Damaging The Subway

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 06:37 PM

(photo by tjlull via flickr)

(Jorteh Senah -- New York, NY, WNYC) 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.


Comments [4]

Alexander Dupuy

Sea level rise (during Sandy surge) did a pretty good job of wrecking South Ferry station. Seems like the problems were low-level, but chronic, beforehand - and in any case much will have to be (re)built anew. Hopefully they do a better job of getting it right this time.

Nov. 21 2012 12:38 AM

Yet another badly done and way too costly MTA project. Was it needed, sure. But it took way too long, way too much money, and who knows how much money got wasted.

Jul. 01 2012 02:31 AM
philip orton

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.

Jun. 29 2012 06:30 PM
philip orton

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.

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

It may be that water got into places it hadn't been in decades, due to "rising sea levels" (for several hours) during Irene's storm surge. That is mixing up weather and climate, which happens all too often.

Jun. 29 2012 05:29 PM

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