The South Ferry subway station is loudest in all the land, according to a recent test of 20 stations conducted by the Post.
Noise in the station soars to 111 decibels at the arrival of a train, and according to doctors, it takes just one minute in the presence of such a din to sustain permanent hearing loss. It takes 40 seconds for the train to fully pull into the station. The good news about deafness is that once you're totally deaf (soon), you will no longer have to worry about what the train sounds are doing to your ears.
The MTA points out that when the new South Ferry Station (new in 2009, but then destroyed by Hurricane Sandy) is rebuilt, it won't be as loud. Union Square is the second noisiest station, coming in at 104 decibels. Ten of the 20 stations tested exceeded 100 decibels.
This is far from the first time a study on our cacophonous subways has been conducted: In 2013, am New York worked with an audiologist to measure subway noise, finding that the loudest station at the time was only 102 decibels.
The MTA has been allegedly trying to quiet the 109-year-old subway system for the last 35 years by lubricating tracks on sharp curves, using quieter train wheels, and installing composite brake shoes on all subway cars to stop wheels from screeching. Gripes about subway noise comprise a significant part of the city's overall 311 noise complaints, so it seems like perhaps the grievances are falling on...deaf ears.