Originally posted by Mike:
It really is a shame that the old City Hall station is not in use today. Tonight I took the 6 through the loop & saw the station.
Since they don't have it open they at least should put the lights on !!!
The station itself could not be used for several reasons, among them:
The station is only 5 cars long.
It is on a severe curve and none of the doors on current equipment would properly line up with the platform. When the subway opened in 1904, the cars had only 2 sets of doors which were located at rhe extreme ends of the car. These could line up with the platform. The rest of the car had a wide gap between itself an the platform.
Let the station stay closed to passenger use so that it can remain the pristine station that it is.
The Transit Museum is still hoping to be able to open it as an annex sometime in the very near future. It was supposed to happen a couple of years ago but our previous Mayor was extremely paranoid (9/11 not withstanding) about someone trying to blow up City Hall he prevented it. In fact the contractor doing the rehab on City Hall Park actually damaged the vault ceiling blocks. It had to be reported in the newspapers before the administration told them to fix it.
[ 02-20-2002: Message edited by: TrainRider ]