Report: LIRR East Side Access To Cost More, Won’t Be Ready Until Next Decade
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The East Side Access project to bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal is already behind schedule and is now expected to come with a heftier price tag.
MTA board members will be told next week that the project could top $10 billion with a wrap date 2021 or beyond, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“There’s challenges that are not yet immediately seen. The MTA needs to keep this project on budget and on time moving forward,” Veronica Vanterpool with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign told Murnane. “It’s really going to improve transit service for about 80,000 or more in daily riders but it’s definitely disappointing news that this project is not on schedule, not on budget.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, bids on work in rock caverns ten stories below the street came in over budget.
Breaking up that part project into smaller contracts is catching blame for some of the increased cost.
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