Huge Transportation Project Rolling on Under Grand Central

NEW YORK (AP) -
Contractors work Wednesday on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Contractors work Wednesday on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

One of the nation’s largest transportation projects is rolling forward — a Manhattan commuter rail terminal accessed through a tunnel costing $1 million per foot.

That detail was offered Wednesday by the MTA’s head of capital construction. The terminal will allow LIRR passengers to get off on Manhattan’s East Side at Grand Central Terminal.

Michael Horodniceanu, the MTA’s chief engineer on the project, led a tour of the caverns and tunnels being filled in with floors and walls, plus stairways and escalators up to Grand Central.

When completed, the $10 billion East Side Access will bring 160,000 passengers daily from Long Island through a Queens station linked to the 120-foot tunnel. The target completion date is 2022.