Project Overview

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.

East Side Access - 07-26-19

ESA Progress Photos

By | East Side Access

QUEENS WORK 1. Placing and leveling stone for the base of an approach structure in Harold Interlocking. 2. A crane placing pre-fab modules for a traction power substation in Queens. 3. Demolition of old catenary spans in Harold Interlocking in preparation for installing new ones. 4. Installing new catenary spans…

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East Side Access 07-12-19

ESA Progress Photos

By | East Side Access

MANHATTAN WORK 1. Installation of ceiling frames on the lower level platform in the future LIRR Terminal beneath Grand Central. 2. Installation of stone tiles over an archway in the future LIRR Concourse. 3. Installing supports for stainless steel plates between the escalator and the wall at escalator Wellway Two….

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East Side Access - 06-28-19

ESA Progress Photos

By | East Side Access

MANHATTAN WORK 1. Track work in the Manhattan tunnels leading into the new LIRR Terminal beneath Grand Central. 2. Pouring concrete for a newly graded sidewalk at the northern end of the LIRR concourse. QUEENS WORK 3. Backfilling soil for a power substation in the future Mid-Day Storage Yard. 4….

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East Side Access 06-21-19

ESA Progress Photos

By | East Side Access

MANHATTAN WORK 1. Installation of ceiling racks on the lower track level in the west cavern of the future LIRR Terminal. 2. Grading and compacting soil at the north end of the back of house area of the future LIRR Concourse. QUEENS WORK 3. Continued excavation of the final approach…

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ESA Progress Photos

By | East Side Access, Project Update

MANHATTAN WORK 1. Monument installation on the west side track of the Manhattan tunnels. 2. Track installation at the upper level crossover in the Manhattan tunnels. QUEENS WORK 3. Installation of a 35-foot soldier pile for the B/C Approach Structure support of excavation. 4. Hand digging and extending conduits below…

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