MTA: Rising Sea Levels Are Damaging The Subway

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(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.