The weekend of May 3rd was the single most productive weekend at Queens’ Harold Interlocking, the busiest railroad junction in the USA, since East Side Access weekend project work began back in 2008. 23 tasks were completed outright, three times as many than the previous most-productive weekend at Harold Interlocking, also in 2019.
This aggressive scheduling of work is a continuation of a very successful 2018, when construction placement topped $225M, more than 35 percent above average than the previous four years of work at Harold, as the East Side Access project continues on pace to deliver this project by the end of 2020. With the continued support of the LIRR and Amtrak, East Side Access is on track to achieve Operational Readiness at Harold on time.
East Side Access is one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States. East Side Access provides new, direct LIRR service into a new concourse below Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s East Side, reducing commutes into Manhattan by up to 40 minutes. The project encompasses work in multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Queens and includes more than eight miles of tunneling.
East Side Access is an integral component of the broader LIRR system expansion initiative to help reduce passenger crowding, train congestion and automobile traffic, and to provide connections with additional regional transportation options such as Metro-North Railroad and New York City Transit subways; East Side Access will also alleviate train and passenger congestion at New York Penn Station and its neighboring subway stations. Passengers traveling from Midtown East will enjoy easier access to JFK International Airport via the AirTrain at LIRR’s Jamaica Station.
When completed, East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers a day, providing them with a faster and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan in a new eight-track terminal and concourse below Grand Central Terminal.
For more information, please visit the East Side Access project page on AModernLI.com – //www.amodernli.com/project/east-side-access/.