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What's up with that project, by the way? I thought tendering is underway.

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by DoDo on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 at 02:49:35 AM EST
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Phase 1 (96th to 63rd) is under construction. Current estimated completion date is 2015, it was 2014 until recently. The second phase (96th-125th) has the bulk of the existing tunnels and current plans are to build it from 2014-2017. If they actually build Phase 1, I'm pretty certain they'll build Phase 2 since it will be relatively cheap and easy. Beyond that is pure speculation.

There's also a commuter rail project currently being built that will connect up the LIRR to Grand Central. Right now it only goes to Penn Station which is much less convenient to the heart of the Midtown office district. This involves creating a tunnel from a current terminus in Western Queens into Manhattan and down to the station. Construction began in the early seventies and they completed the tunnel under the river a good thirty years ago, but the city went bankrupt.

There are two other rail projects in advanced planning stages. One is extending the 7 line westwards towards the Hudson to create better access to the rapidly developing far west side of midtown. The other is building another pair of tunnels under the Hudson to relieve the ridiculously overcrowded commuter rail lines from Jersey to Midtown. While they're at it they're also planning on hooking up the NJ lines to Grand Central, rather than just finishing up in Penn Station.

by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 at 01:19:25 PM EST
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The second phase (96th-125th) has the bulk of the existing tunnels and current plans are to build it from 2014-2017. If they actually build Phase 1, I'm pretty certain they'll build Phase 2 since it will be relatively cheap and easy.

Heh. My example of the horror of horrors, the rail connector tunnel under Boston with the $8.7 billion cost estimate, also has most of the raw tunnel already built...

There's also a commuter rail project currently being built that will connect up the LIRR to Grand Central.

I recall reading when the tunneling contracts (Spanish firm Dragados was involved) were sent for re-tendering.

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by DoDo on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 at 02:13:08 PM EST
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