New York: Staten Island Railway Opens New Maintenance Facility

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has unveiled the new Clifton Car Maintenance Shop for Staten Island Railway.

The previous Staten Island Railway facility was extensively damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It has now been rebuilt to sustain Category 2 hurricane water and wind pressures, 110-miles-per-hour winds and a three foot water surge.

Photo taken during the opening ceremony at the new Staten Island Railway Clifton Maintenance Shop on Wednesday 7 December
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said:

“This state-of-the-art facility will be the home base of Staten Island Railway operations and is key to delivering more reliable and resilient transit for Staten Islanders. We couldn’t have completed this project without our partners at the US DOT's Federal Transit Administration and the US Department of Transportation.”

Funding for the 165 million USD design-build project was sourced from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Hurricane Sandy recovery programme.

The new depot is equipped with four tracks for car inspections and repairs. It also has an overhead lifting system for changing roof-mounted air conditioning units and lifting car bodies for maintenance.

New 93,220 square-foot facility houses Staten Island Railway repair shop and offices

Other components of the project included:

  • Demolition and disposal of underground diesel storage
  •  Reconfiguration of tracks and switches
  • Environmental work, including asbestos abatement
  • Installing communications systems, such as fire alarms and CCTV
Senior Vice President of NYC Transit Department of Subways Demetrius Crichlow said:

“This shop is designed for the Staten Island Railway of the future. It will house the new train cars and work equipment that will lead to improved service and a more modernized system. I want to thank the team at SIR who made this possible.”

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