Project Overview

East Side Access is one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States. East Side Access provides new, direct LIRR service into a new concourse below Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s East Side, reducing commutes into Manhattan by up to 40 minutes. The project encompasses work in multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Queens, and includes more than eight miles of tunneling.

East Side Access is an integral component of the broader LIRR system expansion initiative to help reduce passenger crowding, train congestion and automobile traffic, and to provide connections with additional regional transportation options such as Metro North Railroad and New York City Transit subways; East Side Access will also alleviate train and passenger congestion at New York Penn Station and its neighboring subway stations. Passengers traveling from Midtown East will enjoy easier access to JFK International Airport via the AirTrain at LIRR’s Jamaica Station.

When completed, East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers a day, providing them with a faster and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan in a new eight-track terminal and concourse below Grand Central Terminal.

Beauty and Function: LIRR Passenger Concourse at Grand Central Terminal Features World-Class Architectural Finishes

By | East Side Access

Opened to the public in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a story of great engineering, survival, and rebirth. In 1978, architect Philip Johnson and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis secured landmark status for the Terminal, ensuring the building would serve New Yorkers for generations to come. One of the…

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White Pearl Marble Will Provide Exquisite Finish in the Future LIRR Passenger Concourse at Grand Central Terminal

By | East Side Access

The original plan for the future LIRR passenger concourse included the same Botticino marble you see throughout Grand Central Terminal (GCT), but before the design of the concourse was finalized the project management team took a closer look at the stone choices for the concourse and decided the new concourse…

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See It Happen: Nearly Two Miles of New Main Line Track Installed in Busy Harold Interlocking Rail Junction for East Side Access Project (Video)

By | East Side Access

The MTA has completed a significant and difficult portion of work for the East Side Access project at Harold Interlocking in Queens, the busiest rail junction in the United States. Earlier this year two crucial sections of mainline track were rebuilt and existing infrastructure upgraded while the Long Island Railroad…

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