Weekly Photo: Progress on NYC’s East Side Access Tunnels

Weekly Photo: Progress on NYC’s East Side Access Tunnels


MTA East Side Access Tunnel 2013-02-12 (2)

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These photos, taken by the MTA and posted on their Flickr account, show the progress that New York City’s East Side Access project is making.

The East Side Access is a public-works project happening in the great New York City, one of the largest ever attempted. When completed, the new tunnel and terminus will allow the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) to stop on the east side of Manhattan, shaving more than half of hour in commute time for over 150,000 passengers per day. A new station will also be built in Sunnyside, and perhaps one in Long Island City, spurring growth, potentially.

The costs of this project have ballooned from initially $3 billion in 1998 to $8.5 billion as of 2012. Likewise, the completion date has been pushed back; originally, it was planned for an opening of 2013, but now it is looking more like 2019 – 2020.

MTA East Side Access Tunnel 2013-02-12 (1) MTA East Side Access Tunnel 2013-02-12 (3)

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