New Grand Central Madison, Largest Rail Terminal Built in U.S. in Decades, Moves Closer to Opening

By Paul Riegler on 1 June 2022
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Grand Central Terminal in New York City

The largest passenger rail terminal to have been built in the United States since the 1950s will soon open in Manhattan.

Dubbed “Grand Central Madison,” it sits below the historic Grand Central Terminal and will serve all 11 lines of the Long Island Rail Road.

The new name was announced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday.

“I’m proud to announce this new terminal is called Grand Central Madison,” she said at a news conference at the terminal.

The new train station, which took 14 years to complete, will bring Long Island Rail Road trains into a new concourse below Grand Central Terminal.  It will provide access to all 11 branches of the LIRR through a new East River tunnel that terminates below the original Grand Central Terminal.

The station will encompass an area of 350,000 square feet (33,000 square meters).

All LIRR service has terminated on Manhattan’s West Side at Penn Station since 1910.  The new terminal is intended to relieve congestion at Penn Station and allow travelers from Long Island to connect to Metro North trains that go to Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, and Orange counties as well as Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut.

Service to the new terminal will start in December, 2022. Reaching the street from the lowest new level, more than 175’ (53 m) deep, is estimated to take about ten minutes.

The first proposals for Long Island Rail Road trains entering the east side of Manhattan date back to 1963 and the idea was floated multiple times before it was finally met with approval in the 1990s.

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