gamer4616 wrote: ↑Thu Aug 18, 2022 6:41 pm
From what I'm hearing, service to Grand Central will commence on Monday December 5th, 2022
Gamer - THANK YOU for that tentative opening date - the opening of ESA/GCTM is going to become
one of the most significant dates in LIRR History - right up there with the opening of Penn Station which was
(for the record in case anyone reading these posts was unaware) September 8, 1910...
H-E: I agree with you - Opening ESA/GCTM will be quite a 2022 Christmas present for LIRR riders...
With this year's NYS elections there may have been some emphasis to try and open GCTM around the end
of October - It is better that ESA is not rushed to be opened with continued work on the route still underway...
The added track capacity that will be available with the completion of the Main Line Third Track Project is
going to be needed for the schedule changes that will go into effect on Monday December 5, 2022...
From what I have noticed from riding the Main Line today between Hicksville and New Hyde Park is that
there is significant track work that will be necessary between Nassau 1 and 2 through Mineola to finish
Section Two in the coming weeks - Section Three between Nassau 2 and east of Westbury has segments
that are graded with ballast ready for the new third track to be laid - and others with the track in place...
I mentioned this in the ESA/GCTM topic because finishing the Main Line Third Track Project are going to
complement one another - it will be interesting if all three tracks on the Main Line will be open by the end
of October - and Election Day (Tuesday November 8)...This looks like it is going to be a push to open the
full 10.1 mile route in about 10 weeks time - with good weather (example) they may just make it...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS