The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Postby Head-end View » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:04 pm

Yeah, very interesting video. I especially liked the picture of what Mineola Station is expected to look like with the third track, at approx 7:35 in the video. I understand space is limited but LIRR is going to wish it would have built platform access to the middle track. :(
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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Postby MNCRR9000 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:47 am

Seems like they are making pretty good progress interesting seeing the pictures of how the caverns and the terminal under GCT is really coming along.

From the September 24th LIRR Committe report ... Report.pdf
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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:05 am

When East Side Access is completed, it will open up many doors for those who work on the East Side closer to Grand Central Terminal. I believe that there are several law firms that are much closer to Grand Central Terminal than to Penn Station. Not just for the sake of jobs, but sightseeing, for those people who are visiting museums on the Upper East Side, it will just be a matter of taking one subway ride to GCT.

When LIRR starts running to Grand Central Terminal, does anyone know what will be the approximate percentage of trains that will stop serving Grand Central Terminal? When trains are rerouted to Grand Central, this will help enable the MTA to add Metro North stations along Amtrak's Hellgate Line and start running Metro North trains to NYP, helping reduce the commute for many people who live in the East Bronx, especially Co-op City who need to go to Manhattan.
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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:41 pm

Looks like some track is laid, as well as third rail: ... story.html

On a recent morning, MTA officials led a walking and stair-climbing tour to showcase progress on the unfinished, cavern-like terminal with ceilings as high as six stories. Dozens of high-speed escalators are being built to lead down to a 350,000-square-foot (32,516-square-meter) LIRR concourse with marble already laid on its walls and space reserved for retail shops and dining areas.

It will be the hub for 8 miles (13 kilometers) of new tunnels blasted and drilled out from 400 million-year-old bedrock, winding their way under Park Avenue and the East River and on to Queens and Long Island.

It is all focused on alleviating some of the pain for about 150,000 LIRR commuters who must somehow get to and from Grand Central every day. Currently, they have to joust, push and elbow their way to platforms at crowded Penn Station, which also accommodates Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains, adding up to 40 minutes to their daily commutes.
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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

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Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Postby tahawus84 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:14 pm

I commute from port Jeff to hunters point daily. I work next to grand central station and I feel this project is a waste of money. I would rather have seen the money get put into improving hunterspoint Ave station and the 7 train service. A new hunterspoint Ave station with a better connection to the 7 train without going over the bridge would have been more useful and cheaper.
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