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When it opened in September, the heavily anticipated 7 train extension at Hudson Yards was supposed to be a “modern marvel,” serving 32,000 riders each day.

Six months later, riders have called it unreliable, moldy, and “a crumbling hot mess.” Early reports say it serves just 6,000 riders each day.

Indeed, the $2.4 billion station has faced leaky ceilings, closed bathrooms and constantly broken escalators, mostly due to a waterproofing issue.

MTA Capital Construction president Dr. Michael Horodniceanu says that the MTA has known about the leaking problem since summer 2012, and their subcontractor, Yonkers Contracting Company, was supposed to fix it.

“The fact that we have leaks is evidence that the waterproofing system is not performing as intended,” he said, at an agency board meeting. Yonkers had used a different waterproofing material from the one the MTA specified, though the material was supposed to be of equal quality.

They were wrong. So, subcontractor Yonkers now must hire and pay for a specialty “leak remediation” subcontractor to come in to fix the issue. The expected cost is $3 million and it could take up to three months to identify and patch leaks and replace damaged tile and flooring.

Many were concerned that these issues only came to light due to news reports. MTA board member Jonathan Ballan suggested forming a task force on leakage. “The level of surprise and disappointment cannot be overstated,” he said.

“The agency looks foolish as a result of this endeavor,” added board member Allen Capelli.

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