NYC's East Side Access project

The East Side Access project is an extension of Grand Central Terminal that will eventually house concourses for arriving and departing rail road trains to and from Long Island. Construction of the tunnels councourses has produced some great photos, courtesy of MTAPhotos' photostream on Flickr.


Photo credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.
 
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The project began in 2006, and with several complications along the way, delays have pushed the completion date from 2014 to 2019.
 
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With such a massive subterranean project, many grew worrisome about the stability of some of the old city building, most notably St. Patrick's Cathedral.
 
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The project's estimated cost, initially set at $3 billion in 1998, had been increased to $6.3 billion in 2006, then $8.4 billion in 2012.
 
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Two gigantic "earthwork" machines, along with a team of workers, have excavated some 265,000 cubic metres of bedrock, producing more than 9 kilometres of tunnels and caverns.
 
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The tunnels, extending from Sunnyside, Queens, to Grand Central will eventually route 24 trains per hour to and from Long Island. That's approximately 162,000 passenger trips per day.
 
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Passengers will eventually be able to travel to John F. Kennedy International Airport from Manhattan's East side by connecting to AirTrain JFK at the Jamaica Station in Jamaica, Queens.
 
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These photos detail the progress as of February 12, 2013.
 
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A worker has the cherry picker nearly at its maximum reach, which shows just how large certain sections of the project have become.
 
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This photo of a worker sawing a piece of rebar from within one of the large sections of the project shows the multileveled tunnels connecting to Grand Central.