MTA To Offer Media Tour Of East Side Access Tunnel

13 days ago the MTA issued a press release to announce that the first tunnel boring machine reached Grand Central Terminal as part of the Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access project. Now they are inviting photographers & reporters to tour the recently dug tunnel. Here is all the information courtesy of MTA Headquarters:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer a rare glimpse into the bedrock 140 feet below the surface of Manhattan on Thursday as it invites reporters and photographers to tour the recently completed tunnel that will connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. A 200-ton tunnel boring machine recently mined its way through Manhattan bedrock, leaving a mile-long tunnel in its wake. A similar machine digging an adjacent tunnel is expected to complete its work at the end of the summer.

WHAT: Media tour of the MTA’s East Side Access project featuring a recently excavated tunnel underneath Manhattan

WHO: Tour will be led by officials from MTA Capital Construction

WHEN: Thursday, July 17 – 9:45 a.m. sharp

WHERE: Meet at a construction lot, southeast corner of E. 63rd Street & Second Avenue, Manhattan

RSVP: Space on the tour is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by phone to Paté Felix at 212-878-7440.

NOTE: Hardhats and safety vests will be provided. Tour participants will be required to attend a brief safety presentation, and to descend and ascend 18 flights of stairs. Grand Central Terminal will not be visible on this tour.

I am going to check my schedule & see if I can somehow squeeze this in.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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