Progress of Modern Architectural Finishes in the East Side Access Concourse and Terminal

The MTA continues to build out the concourse and terminal for East Side Access’ opening day in 2022. When completed, East Side Access will deliver fewer delays, greater reliability and more options for customers.

The photos here provide a glimpse of the concourse, the terminal design and the overall aesthetic, including modern architectural finishes and elements designed to integrate effectively with Grand Central Terminal.  The overall design of the terminal and concourse will provide a vibrant environment comprising glass-tiled walls, ceiling panels and marble wall panels.

At the south end of the concourse, contractors have installed the ceiling arch support system, ceiling tiles and wall tiles. The installation of finishes will progress from North to South as 2019 progresses:

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Ceiling panels, tile, lighting and escalator units have been installed at the 45th Street passenger escalator wellway. These escalators will bring passengers back and forth from the passenger concourse directly beneath Grand Central and the train terminal 150 feet below Park Avenue.

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In the terminal, mockups of the mezzanine-level finishes are in place. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels and railings will run along the corridor and provide passengers with a safe view of the platform and trains below.

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Between the east and west terminals, the cross passages are taking shape with the setting of ceiling supports.

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Schindler Elevator Corp. has started to place escalator units in the west terminal. Escalators are located throughout the terminal to convey commuters between the mezzanine level and the passenger platforms.

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The in-situ model of the upper passenger platform ceiling hangs above, awaiting inspection. Once approved by the construction management team and project architects, contractors will continue to install the overhead support structure and the ceiling. 

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Track and third rail are in place on the lower level of both the east and west terminals. Installation of track will continue in the terminal and tunnels throughout 2019.

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For more information on East Side Access and the Long Island Rail Road Modernization Program, visit the project page here, and be sure to sign up for the A Modern LI Newsletter.