2013 Tour of the LIRR East Side Access Project

Two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were used in the East Side Access Project, one manufactured by SELI and other manufactured by Robbins. They made eight successful tunnel drives in Manhattan starting and ending at various points along the alignment. At the end of November 2009 all of the upper tunnel drives were completed and in 2011, all the Manhattan tunnels were successfully mined. Excavation to create the caverns within Grand Central Terminal were completed in early 2012.

LIRR East Side Access Project Tour

Friday, September 25, 2015

Come With Us on a Tour of One of the Largest Transportation Infrastructure Projects in the U.S.

The ERA is returning to the monumental East Side Access Project which will one day bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. Extending from Sunnyside, Queens through to Grand Central, this $10B+ project includes more than 11 miles of tunneling and is currently actively being worked on; the projected completion date is in late 2022. There has certainly been a great deal of progress since our 2013 visit. This is not to be missed.

This tour is limited strictly to 20 attendees. If you wish to participate, please send in your forms and money as soon as possible. ERA members will be given priority — once this tour is full we will not be accepting more orders. As of this publication, we are still working to receive final confirmation of the September 25 date and time from the MTA. Please check this website and provide your e-mail address on the order form (downloadable PDF below) for the most current information about this trip.


The tour group will meet at 10:00 AM in the Grand Central Terminal Station Master’s Office. The Station Master’s Office is located under the West Balcony on the main level, next to the NY Transit Museum Store. In anticipation of the need for security clearance for all attendees, please make certain to have a photo ID in your possession.

Ticket Price: Free

The ticket price for the LIRR East Side Access Project Tour is now free! As was the case with the Coney Island tour earlier this year, the MTA has instituted new security procedures for visits to its facilities by groups such as ours. Please include all attendee names and a copy of your drivers license and waiver form no later than August 15. Only names approved in advance by MTA Capital Construction will be permitted on the tour. Please bring your photo ID on September 25.

Order Deadline August 15

Please book your tickets ASAP! This tour will sell out fast. The MTA will accommodate groups of up to 20 people. We will include the first 20 attendees who register, although ERA members will be given priority. Send your order in by August 15, 2015. Due to the below security requirements, no attendees will be accepted after this date. For further information, please contact Robert Colorafi.

As of July 10, this tour has sold out.

LIRR East Side Access Project Tour

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