Grand Central Terminal is a passenger train station in Downtown Manhattan, New York City, located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Grand Central is the southernmost terminal of the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines of the Subway Railroad, which serve the northern areas of the New York metropolitan area.
The long-awaited and long-delayed train link between Long Island and Grand Central Terminal is finally coming to fruition.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and executives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rode the train for a 27-minute test ride from Jamaica stop to Grand Central Station on Sunday morning.
The East Side Access project of the MTA connects the Staten Island Railroad Track and Metro Center Terminal. The LIRR now ends at Penn Station on Downtown’s west side, forcing Long Island commuters who work on the east side of town to use other forms of transit to go to work.
When the service launches next year, it is projected to serve more than 150,000 clients every day. Access to Grand Central has been discussed since the 1950s, and work on the project began more than a decade ago.
The project was previously anticipated to cost around $2 billion, but it has already exceeded $11 billion. Crews excavated eight miles of tunnels through prehistoric bedrock and constructed a 350,000-square-foot promenade underneath the station.
Hochul discussed how the new service will address concerns of quality of life on Sunday. The Democrat also discussed the need to upgrade Penn Station to resemble the nearby Moynihan rail station, a project supported by her predecessor.
“Now you go to Penn Station and you kind of bury your head in the sand,” says the narrator, “Hochul said. “I want everyone to raise their heads. That kind of experience is something that everyone deserves.”