LIRR East Side Access Terminal to Open December 2022
The highly anticipated East Side Access project, re-named Grand Central Madison, is nearing construction completion according to the recent press release by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The new 700,000-square-foot terminal which runs along Madison Avenue from 43rd Street to 48th Street is expected to open in December 2022, bringing Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service to the east side. This transformative project represents the first expansion of LIRR service in more than a century. Approximately 45% of LIRR passengers are expected to use the new service to Grand Central, existing through multiple new access points including four street-level means of egress to Madison Avenue, as well as existing spaces of Grand Central and the passageways between 45th and 47th Streets. As a result of the project and system-wide changes, overall LIRR service will increase by more than 40% while alleviating crowding in Penn Station.