Huge transportation project rolling on under Grand Central

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel of the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A man works in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A worker stands in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in New York. When completed, the East Side Access will allow the MTA's Long Island Rail Road passengers to get off on Manhattan's East Side at Grand Central Terminal from Long Island through a Queens station linked to the 120-foot tunnel. The target completion date is 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A worker walks in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: People walk in a tunnel of the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel stands in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel stands in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel of the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A worker stands in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A worker stands in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel stands in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: A tunnel of the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Men walk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers talk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States on November 4, 2015 in New York City. The project includes over 11 miles of tunnelling and consists of work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. When completed the East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day and will providing a quicker and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in New York. When completed, the East Side Access will allow the MTA's Long Island Rail Road passengers to get off on Manhattan's East Side at Grand Central Terminal from Long Island through a Queens station linked to the 120-foot tunnel. The target completion date is 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in New York. When completed, the East Side Access will allow the MTA's Long Island Rail Road passengers to get off on Manhattan's East Side at Grand Central Terminal from Long Island through a Queens station linked to the 120-foot tunnel. The target completion date is 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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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.


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