Deep underground, new NYC train hub slowly takes shape
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.