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East Side Access won't be finished by 2022 as promised by MTA

Patrick Cashin

The long-awaited completion of the East Side Access project will not happen by the end of the year, as promised by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

The $11.1 billion project is meant to connect Long Island Rail Road trains to a new 700,000 square foot terminal at Grand Central Station.

MTA officials now say the remaining work should be done by February 2023. However, their goal of having at least some passenger trains running by the end of this year still remains.

East Side Access has been met with multiple delays since construction began 15 years ago. It was once projected to be completed by 2009.

The MTA said it will save 160,000 passengers 40 minutes a day in commuting time to Manhattan.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.