Huge transportation project rolling on under Grand Central

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation's largest transportation projects is rolling forward — a Manhattan commuter rail terminal accessed through a tunnel costing $1 million per foot.

That detail was offered Wednesday by the head of capital construction for New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority. The terminal will allow the MTA's Long Island Rail Road passengers to get off on Manhattan's East Side at Grand Central Terminal.

Michael Horodniceanu (pronounced hoh-roh-dneeh-CHAH'-noo), the MTA's chief engineer on the project, led a tour of the caverns and tunnels being filled in with floors and walls, plus stairways and escalators up to Grand Central.

When completed, the nearly $11 billion East Side Access will bring 160,000 passengers daily from Long Island through a new Queens station linked to the tunnel. The target completion date is 2022.