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    I highly doubt the LIRR is going to give up any of the slots at Penn Station. From what I've heard, they're intending on adding trains for the GCT service, keeping the Penn Station slots filled. Rush hour trains are beyond packed, so this wouldn't surprise me. I'd be VERY [happily] surprised to see Metro North go to Penn Station.

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    East Side Access Project Takes Giant Step Forward

    June 12, 2007

    The plan to bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal took a giant step forward Monday as the MTA lowered the pieces of a tunnel boring machine into the 63rd Street tunnel in Queens.

    It's another step in the MTA's $6.3 billion East Side Access project.

    The 200-ton machine arrived in pieces by boat last month after being tested in Italy in April. The pieces were then taken by truck to Long Island City, Queens to be lowered into the tunnel.

    The president of the MTA Capital Construction Company says the agency hopes to begin boring by the end of the summer.

    "We are going to assemble all those pieces into a machine like a train,” said MTA Capital Construction president Mysore Nagaraja. “We have tracks already laid out in the tunnel and then it's going to go through those tracks into the Manhattan end of this tunnel, which was built 30 years ago, and there we have already made a launch chamber. That means to accommodate this whole boring machine to start operation on the Manhattan side."

    Another boring machine will arrive later this year to dig a second tube.

    The project is slated to be finished in 2013.

    Copyright © 2007 NY1 News.

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    This just in:

    The gym I go to, Ballys at 43rd and Madison, is shutting down because of the aquisition by some party in order to expand the LIRR connection to Grand Central.

    It is a good thing that they are expanding, but dissapointing that they need to take a place out that is on the opposite side of Grand Central from where the LIRR is coming from.

    It really stinks because I got a great price there, and all the other gyms in Midtown seem to concentrate more on being Spas than actual places for exercise. (And you pay for it too!!!).


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    Are you sure it is for ESA? The only properties listed are from 48-50 Sts, between Park and Masdison.

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    It has been over a month that the peices for the boring machine have been brought into the tunnel. I wonder if the machine has been constructed and they have started the process of actually digging the hole. It is of course impossible to tell since the MTA site has not updated in about 6 months .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeit View Post
    Are you sure it is for ESA? The only properties listed are from 48-50 Sts, between Park and Masdison.

    Nope.

    Just telling you what I heard from the rumor mill.

    Fact is, the gym IS going bye-bye. Everything else is just word-of-mouth.

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    MTA: Bid too high for Grand Central LIRR terminal
    BY STEVE RITEA | steve.ritea@newsday.com
    8:26 PM EDT, October 22, 2007

    A single bid to help carve out space for a new Long Island Rail Road terminal under Grand Central Terminal came in $200 million higher than anticipated, officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday, leaving them to pursue whether that could delay the plan.

    Also Monday, MTA officials said tax revenues the agency relies on to help fund its operations budget may be coming in lower than they had projected. Predicting a deficit next year, the MTA has already floated a fare hike proposal and is hosting a series of public forums next month, including one Nov. 7 at Farmingdale State College.

    At the same time, the agency is using a separate capital budget for a series of ambitious projects like East Side Access, which will bring up to 24 LIRR trains an hour into Grand Central during peak periods.

    Mysore Nagaraja, president of capital construction for the MTA, said the job of clearing a massive space under Grand Central had been estimated to cost $670 million. Instead, the bid came in closer to $870 million and "we were not happy with the number," he said.

    The sole bid was submitted by a joint venture between Judlau Contracting Inc. of College Point and Dragados, a Spanish firm, which last year were awarded a separate $428-million contract to tunnel under Manhattan in preparation for the LIRR's expected 2013 arrival at Grand Central.

    Nagaraja said an uncommonly large number of construction projects in the region and even worldwide may have led to less interest from bidders. "They're not hungry," he said.

    Nagaraja said the job may be split into several smaller contracts and he's exploring whether a new call for bidders could delay the project beyond its expected 2013 completion.

    Also, MTA finance chief Gary Dellaverson said new estimates from the state show the agency is scheduled to receive about $70 million less than the $330 million expected next year in revenue from various state taxes.

    The MTA's revenues from a separate stream of real estate taxes dropped sharply in October, down $47.6 million from September. In anticipation of a downward trend, the MTA has already forecast $250 million less in real estate revenues for 2008 than this year, Dellaverson said.

    Video and photos of the project at this link:

    http://www.amny.com/news/local/ny-li...0,121724.story

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    The MTA's whole we need money because we can't budget is getting old. The last thing we need to see is a delay because that means more costs and more likely that something else from this project will get cut. Luckily the contract to dig the tunnel has been awarded. I hope the state/feds chip in some more money to cover the extra costs.

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    The MTA's incompetence is getting old. Something needs to be done to overhaul their entire management structure.

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    Is LIRR/NJTransit/Metro North 24/7 like the subway and path?

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    Down in the hole

    Nineteen stories below the city, the MTA is drilling

    by patrick arden / metro new york

    NOV 9, 2007

    UPPER EAST SIDE. Nineteen stories below the corner of 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, a 22-foot-high tunnel-boring machine is cutting through about 50 feet of granite.

    It’s part of the $6.3 billion East Side Access project, the nation’s largest mass-transit venture, which will eventually bring Long Island Rail Road trains into Grand Central Terminal.

    Since starting to dig two weeks ago, the 200-ton machine and its elaborate tracking apparatus have traveled west almost 600 feet under 63rd Street. About 270 men are working on the project over three shifts, five days a week. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority offered a tour of the site on Thursday.

    East Side Access construction began in the late 1960s, when prefabricated portions of tunnel were lowered into trenches dug into the bed of the East River. That original 2.5-mile tunnel runs from Sunnyside, Queens, to Second Avenue in Manhattan. Back then, there was no such thing as a tunnel-boring machine.

    “It’s much faster,” said Mysore Nagaraja, president of MTA Capital Construction. “Just yesterday we advanced 85 feet, which is very good. We are going to Park Avenue, and then south until 38th Street. Underneath Grand Central, we’re going to build a major cavern there for a new station. Our scheduled completion is the end of 2013.”

    The boring machine, with “thousands” of parts and “30 or 40” blades, must be assembled on site. It costs about $10 million and cannot be reused. The demand for tunneling machines is currently strong worldwide, complicating the MTA’s quest to dig tunnels for three major projects.

    “We are competing with China, Europe, India, everywhere,” Nagaraja said. “Right now we have four tunnel borings: two machines here, one for the Second Avenue Subway, one for the number 7 line extension. It’s an exciting time.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    Is LIRR/NJTransit/Metro North 24/7 like the subway and path?
    No they shut down for a few hours at night, something like 1:30am-4:30 am.

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    Still pretty good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT757 View Post
    No they shut down for a few hours at night, something like 1:30am-4:30 am.
    LIRR is 24/7

    NJ Transit will be 24/7 beginning in 2008 on the Northeast Corridor Line only

    Metro North is closed for about two hours (2AM to 4AM)

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