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New 7 Train Station at Hudson Yards Has Been Plagued With Leaks for Years

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Questions about use of spray-on concrete

The Hudson Yards 7 Train station
Photo by Max Touhey.

Last week, news emerged that the new 7 Train station at Hudson Yards was already plagued with problems just six months after its opening. One of the major concerns was leaking. A New York Times investigation has now revealed that the leaking problem has persisted for years.

The Times looked at documents from an ongoing legal dispute over the construction and learned that the station had leaking problems while it was under construction as well. A major point of contention is the use of a spray-on concrete known as shotcrete. There was a continuous back and forth between contractors and subcontractors on the use of shotcrete and who was for and against it.

However the Metropolitan Transit Authority may have known about these leaks from as early as 2012, according to the Times investigation. In fact construction stopped in the summer of 2013 to address the issues, and MTA officials were under the impression that the problem had been taken care of when construction resumed at the end of that year.

The leaks still persist today and now one of the contractors is paying $3 million to have the problem rectified. The $2.4 billion station was scheduled to open in the summer of 2014 but didn't actually open till September 2015.

The leaking problems has now left the MTA potentially facing a lawsuit by an injured passenger. The subway rider is considering suing the agency after she and her mother fell down an escalator while trying to avoid a leak.