A Lower Manhattan subway station that has been closed since Hurricane Sandy gets set to finally reopen on Tuesday as its temporary replacement goes back into retirement.
It's the end of the line - again - for the old South Ferry station.
It's one of the quirkly remnants of the original subway system. The station is along a large loop where trains ending a downtown run slowly travel in a subterranean circle to begin their uptown trips.
Now, it is going back into mothballs after a four-year, $350 million dollar project to repair its replacement.
"I would say it took a while. But I'm glad, actually, things are getting, starting to run now. So it's much better," said one commuter.
The South Ferry station opened in 1905 and closed in 2009, when a new modern terminal opened below it. Trains pulled in to end their downtown trips, then went back in the other direction.
But the deep new terminal was wrecked by Sandy, flooded by 15 million gallons of saltwater. It was closed and the old one was brought back, meaning riders had to reacclimate themselves to one of its oddities. The platform can only accommodate half of a modern 10-car train.
So no more walking toward the front of the train at the Rector Street stop just before South Ferry.
"If you have to make the switch, it's horrible," said one commuter.
Miss that, and suddenly a downtown train turns into one heading uptown.
"It's annoying, though," said one commuter. "Sometimes, I'll forget, or some people forget, or some people don't listen."
The old station is one of only three in the system with moving platforms, and it's never had Wi-Fi.
Though it does have its fans.
"I like the old station," Sunny Zheng wrote on Twitter. "Were it not for the fact that it's half-length."
But once the new station reopens, that will no longer be a problem.
"The whole train fits on the platform, so I think it's better," said one commuter.
The reopening marks another milestone in the MTA's efforts to come back from the storm.
Since Hurricane Sandy, other subway stations in Lower Manhattan have had their entrances strengthened against future storms, though none of those were hit quite so hard as South Ferry."
The entrances to the station are now equipped with barriers designed to keep floodwaters out so the 1 train can keep running.