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East Side Access
MTA Long Island Rail Road
Grand Central Connection

From Long Island To Grand Central Terminal
The Route
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THE ROUTE

Extending between Sunnyside, Queens and Grand Central Terminal, the ESA project will route the LIRR through new track connections in Queens to new tunnels under Sunnyside Yard and on to the existing 63rd Street Tunnel under the East River. In Manhattan, a new tunnel will begin at the western end of the 63rd Street Tunnel at Second Avenue, curve south under Park Avenue and enter a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal.

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SERVICE AND RIDERSHIP

Current plans call for 24 train-per-hour service to Grand Central Terminal during peak morning hours, with an estimated 162,000 trips to and from Grand Central Terminal on an average weekday.

On an average weekday in 2020, 61 LIRR trains will travel in peak hours to both Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, with a total average daily ridership of 323,000, representing an increase of 96,000 trips and from Manhattan each day.

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