Deep in the bedrock 15 stories below New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal is a cavernous construction site that is slowly and expensively being transformed into a commuter rail hub of its own that will accommodate more than 150,000 passengers a day.

The East Side Access has been dogged by massive cost overruns and delays since construction began nearly a dozen years ago. But New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has brought in a manager who is now focused on bringing the $11 billion project to completion by the new deadline in four years.

The aim is to create a direct route for riders of the Long Island Rail Road to and from Manhattan’s East Side, alleviating traffic that currently flows through the chaotically congested Penn Station.

In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a construction worker walks on a train platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a construction worker walks on a train platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, construction crews work on a track platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, construction crews work on a track platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo construction boots are stored above lockers at the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo construction boots are stored above lockers at the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a track divides into two, leading into separate tunnels at the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a track divides into two, leading into separate tunnels at the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows one of four escalators that will carry passengers from the concourse level to the mezzanine and train platforms of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows one of four escalators that will carry passengers from the concourse level to the mezzanine and train platforms of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a staircase takes shape in the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a staircase takes shape in the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, an elevator shaft takes shape on the track level of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, an elevator shaft takes shape on the track level of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, construction equipment and materials are on a train platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, construction equipment and materials are on a train platform of the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, tracks converge in the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, tracks converge in the East Side Access project beneath Grand Central Terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Source: The Associated Press