MTA reaffirms commitment to complete East Side Access project in 2022

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The East Side Access project would connect the LIRR with Grand Central Terminal on the east side of Manhattan. (Map courtesy of the MTA)

The MTA last week reaffirmed its commitment to the East Side Access project to connect the Long Island Rail Road with Grand Central Terminal by December 2022, despite an increased price tag and years of delays.

Newsday reported that MTA chief development officer Janno Lieber, the overseer of the East Side Access project, told a group of local leaders at a Long Island Association meeting there is “no more messing around with the delivery date” of the project and that “2022 is absolutely written in stone.”

The December 2022 date was first announced in June 2014, according to an MTA spokesman, and the agency expects to complete the project by the deadline.

The East Side Access project involves more than eight miles of tunneling…

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