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Rail dumb, MTA! Platform at South Ferry station 1 inch too far from train

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A staggeringly basic blunder is delaying the grand opening of the MTA's first new subway station in 20 years, the Daily News has learned.

 

The platform at the $530 million South Ferry station is a wee bit too far from the train tracks, officials confirmed Tuesday.

 

Recent inspections found gaps between the platform and No. 1 train cars up to 1 inch wider than federal rules allow, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed.

 

Riders will have to wait another three to four weeks before they can use the station while workers make some $200,000 in fixes, the MTA said yesterday.

 

"Oh, my God," sighed Andrew Albert, a riders representative on the MTA board. "That's incredible."

 

The MTA is conducting a review.

 

"We're looking to determine who is at fault, and if it turns out to be one of our contractors, then we'll pursue having them cover the cost," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.

 

The mistake could have been made in the engineering or construction phase.

 

The station was slated to open in December 2007, but suffered repeated delays.

 

Just seven weeks ago, MTA brass predicted the station would open this month.

 

In addition to the too-skinny platform, water continues to leak into the underground station.

 

A report by the MTA's independent engineering consultant last July said the authority would use grouting in a bid to stem the flow.

 

Soffin said leaks are common at underground stations and were not causing a delay in the opening.

 

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires that gaps at newly built stations be limited to 3 inches.

 

Depending on the location, gaps at South Ferry exceed that by as much as 1 inch and as little as four one-hundredths of an inch, Soffin said.

 

The platform edges will be extended by installing wider rubbing boards, which protect platforms from damage from trains when they sway from side to side, Soffin said.

 

Capital Construction Co. President Michael Horodniceanu surprised members of an MTA committee Monday when he couldn't specify when the station would open.

 

He said tests of fire-safety and other systems were ongoing. The platform issue was not raised.

 

The project is 80% federally funded and is part of the lower Manhattan recovery effort launched after 9/11.

 

The existing turn-of-the-century station features platforms on a sharp curve requiring riders be in the first five cars of a 10-car train to exit at South Ferry.

 

The new station, built underneath the existing station, has a longer platform allowing all 10 cars to open.

 

Benefits include faster trips, more frequent service and a fully accessible station with elevators, the MTA has said.

 

Previous delays were caused by the discovery during excavation of historically significant sections of the original Battery wall, and by rising construction costs.

 

BY PETE DONOHUE

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

January 28th 2009

 

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How could they possibly screw that up?

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ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I wonder if I could call this an epic fail.

 

What does ROFLAMO mean?????

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What does ROFLAMO mean?????

 

It's rolling on the floor, laughing my a** off (the LAMO is supposed to be LMAO).

 

And, regarding this, well, what construction project hasn't gone with its delays? I'm disappointed to hear this, but if they have to fix it, they have to fix it. Just glad it's probably not opening until I get in NY next...(or maybe it will before...)

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Thank you.

 

 

It's like you think it would be finished and then the next thing you know, another 2-week delay.

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OMG WOW.... LMAO. That is just... wow. Big time screw up for the MTA.

Too funny. Wonder what there gonna do now? Just add in a tiny bit of platform? Gap fillers?

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Didn't they notice this back when they started running test trains through the track?

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OMG WOW.... LMAO. That is just... wow. Big time screw up for the MTA.

Too funny. Wonder what there gonna do now? Just add in a tiny bit of platform? Gap fillers?

 

Wider rubbing boards, the yellow plastic or wood thingies that hang over the edge of the platform. Not the bumpy yellow plates on the edge of the platforms, a little past that.

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Wider rubbing boards, the yellow plastic or wood thingies that hang over the edge of the platform. Not the bumpy yellow plates on the edge of the platforms, a little past that.

 

Oh those.. Yea I know what your talking about.

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All this time, and this is what they screw up with. At least its something not that serious and can be fixed in a jiffy.

 

Great Job MTA, you've really did it this time. :tup:

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Like I said in another thread , it was supposed to open in December. I actually remember one time when they poured concrete at the old South Ferry station.They poured too much , laid track on it, and the test train hit the ceiling. SNAFU and (MTA) go hand in hand. What ever happened to " measure twice , cut once " ? And please don't blame this on the low man on the totem pole.

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ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I wonder if I could call this an epic fail.

 

Epic? Try Major Fail!!!!! What idiots, you give $50 Billion to build a station and they screw up like this? Wow, MTA are a bunch of dummies! Get rid of Elliot Sandman and get some real people up in there! Idiot!

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Epic? Try Major Fail!!!!! What idiots, you give $50 Billion to build a station and they screw up like this? Wow, MTA are a bunch of dummies! Get rid of Elliot Sandman and get some real people up in there! Idiot!

1. It's Eliot Sander.

2. The station cost about $600,000. In what universe does it take $50 billion to build a station?

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1. It's Eliot Sander.

2. The station cost about $600,000. In what universe does it take $50 billion to build a station?

 

I know it's Sander, I call him Sandman because he seems like he's sleeping on the job that idiot. And I did exaggerated a little but I'm very pissed.

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Yep all because of one slight mistake the gap between the train and platform is too big, the station won't open, now I understand why the (1) riders aren't so happy. I'm sure this will be fixed in no time.

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