The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) unveiled its new storm-resistant Clifton Auto Service Shop on Staten Island. The previous incarnation of the Staten Island rail facility sustained extensive damage causing months of outage following Hurricane Sandy and has been rebuilt to withstand Category 2 hurricane wind and water pressures of up to 110 miles per hour, sustained winds, plus a three foot water swell.
The facility includes a new store, administrative offices, and support buildings. Inside the workshop, there are four tracks for car inspections and repairs, car interior cleaning, approved car modification programs, and a top lift system for changing roof-mounted air conditioning units and lifting car bodies for truck maintenance. .
“This state-of-the-art facility will be the home base for the Staten Island Railway and is key to providing more reliable and resilient transit for Staten Islanders,” said MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber. “We could not have completed this project without our partners at the US DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the US Department of Transportation.”
“A new Clifton Shop means Staten Island Railway cars will be maintained and repaired on site rather than in Brooklyn,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “I’m excited for passengers to see more reliable and efficient service for years to come.”
“This workshop is designed for the Staten Island Railroad of the future,” said Demetrius Crichlow, senior vice president of the New York City Transit Subway Department. “It will house the new wagons and work teams that will improve the service and modernize the system. I want to thank the SIR team that made this possible.”
“When Hurricane Sandy tried to bring down Staten Island and New York City, we fought and we have the resilience to be here today, and we will not let a storm bring us down again,” the Staten Island Borough President said. Vito Fosella. “We are pleased that the MTA and its partners have chosen to invest in Staten Island. This project is essential to keep the system strong and vibrant for decades to come.”
Funding for the $165 million design-build project was allocated from the FTA’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program. Other components of the five-year project include:
- Demolition, removal and disposal of structures and systems, including underground diesel
- Track and turnout reconfiguration and inland track realignment, including traction power and underground utilities
- Environmental work, including asbestos removal, lead removal, and removal of underground fuel storage tanks
- Installation of communications systems including clock/timekeeping, fire alarm, public address, CCTV and security systems, sprinklers and standpipe systems