MTA: East Side access project late, over budget

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)
May 22, 2012 5:22:49 AM PDT
The project to link the Long Island Rail Road to the East Side of Manhattan now has a pricetag of more than $8 billion.

The New York Times says that's up from the 2006 estimate of just over $6 billion.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials also reiterated Monday that the new completion date for the project is August 2019.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota had revealed the delay earlier this month at a meeting of business leaders on Long Island.

The MTA is building a new tunnel under the East River to allow LIRR trains access to Grand Central Terminal. Now, all LIRR trains go to Penn Station, on Manhattan's west side.


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