Getting to a game at RCB Ballpark in Staten Island will be just like it was during the 2012 season, as Time Warner / Spectrum NY1 News reported that the MTA plans to reopen the South Ferry Terminal Station this coming summer.
This will bring an end of Hurricane Sandy repair work for the South Ferry – Whitehall Street Station, following over 4 years of repairs, reroutes and closings.
The “New” South Ferry Station opened in March 2009, replaced the old South Ferry “Loop.” The new terminal station, can hold two full length trains, while its predecessor could only accommodate the front half of a train.
However, it was filled with 15 millions of gallon of salt water when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. This damaged the electrical and mechanical equipment. Following Hurricane Sandy, the MTA reopened the South Ferry Loop as a temporary measure for riders of the 1 Train. However, this was caused problems for some, as the Loop station was not ADA Compliant like it’s successor. The elevator from the street to the main entrance was closed as well.
During the latter part of the 2013 season and during the entire 2014 season, riders were unable to take the R train directly in between Brooklyn & Manhattan, as the Montague Tunnel was shut down for repairs. Fans going to Staten Island had to resort to using the 4 & 5 Trains and having to walk 3 blocks from the nearby Bowling Green Station.
The 2015 season saw consistent service into the station, but a good chunk of the 2016 season saw the entrance directly onto Peter Minuit Plaza closed for repairs. The stairways reopened in August, with the escalators reopening following the season.
This coming season will also see the W train running to Whitehall, something that hasn’t been done since the 2009 season. Fans attending those games that go long will also have R train service late at night, to go along with the N service.