South Ferry loops (New York City Subway)

South Ferry Loops (New York City Subway)


South Ferry loops (New York City Subway)

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The South Ferry loops are a pair of New York City Subway underground station in South Ferry, Manhattan that have been disused since March 2009. The stations, the southernmost in Manhattan built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, are two side platforms on curved sections of track that form balloon loops; however, free transfers were unavailable between the platforms and each platform was meant to be served by its own line. The most recent configuration consisted of the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line on the outer loop platform and the IRT Lexington Avenue Line on the inner loop platform. Both stations are individually named South Ferry; the name "South Ferry loops" is used to distinguish these platforms from the successor station, South Ferry, that is used by the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line's 1 service.

Outer platform

On July 10, 1905, the outer South Ferry platform was the first of the two platforms to open and was an extension of the original trunk line of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company. The inner track existed when the station was built, but only as a storage track. When the "H" system of the IRT opened on July 1, 1918, Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line trains used the outer platform while the inner platform was opened for IRT Lexington Avenue Line trains which used the original trunk line in Lower Manhattan. Services on the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, including the 1 and 9, used the outer platform as a terminal...
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