Many reporters made comments about how clean it was, as it it were a hospital wing. The fancy new station cost about $500 million to build directly under the current South Ferry station.
What does this mean for straphangers? Once it opens, you’ll never hear a train conductor say that you have to be in one of the front five cars at South Ferry ever again. The new station allows all 10 cars to platform.
The current South Ferry station is a gem. It was opened just two years after the subway opened! However, the turn is so sharp and the platform so short that only five cars are able to pull up to it. So that meant riders would have to keep track what car they were in if they planned to get off. Otherwise, they’d have to walk forward to another car or be stuck.
The new station has elevators and escalators as well as one of the more sophisticated security systems in the entire subway.
Have you ever been riding to subway and heard an over energetic subway conductor that looooves to use the PA system?
There’s one guy on my line that gets into his little announcements way too much. On the one hand, it’s awesome because you can always hear him loud and clear. On the other hand, it gets a bit overwhelming.
He gets everyone psyched up to make the transfer to the train across the platform.
“Ok passengers. There’s an express train right across the platform that just opened it’s doors. Let’s do this…here we go.”
“C’mon everybody. Be nice. Make some room…I know you’re thinner than that.”
He can be kinda funny and nerdy at the same time.
Some are just a**holes with it. They scream at you the whole time about blocking the doors. As if that’s actually going to make people move faster.
Last night around 11:30 a man jumped in front of the 23 uptown at 96th street. I was in the first car and it was really awful. The train conductor confirmed that it was a jumper; she said “he was facing the other direction; he just whirled around and jumped.” It was such a horrible experience, and they let us off the train before the medics even arrived, and I did not stick around to see any more.