The lengthy delayed Grand Central Madison station is lastly set to open this week — although service will be restricted for its preliminary launch, the MTA introduced Monday.
The primary prepare is ready to depart Jamaica at 10:45 a.m., arriving on the new station situated 150 toes underneath Grand Central Terminal simply 12 minutes later at 11:07 a.m.
The announcement got here practically one week after Gothamist reported that the MTA began operating empty trains to check service on the station. The company beforehand deliberate to open the station by the tip of 2022, a deadline set after years of development delays and a pricetag at $11.6 billion, federal information present. The mission was initially scheduled to wrap up in 2011 at a value of $4.3 billion.
For no less than the primary three weeks, the LIRR will function restricted shuttle service between the 2 stations each day “so customers can acquaint themselves with the new terminal,” in accordance to an MTA press launch. Later, the company will provoke full service, and will publish schedules on its web site and TrainTime app. As soon as that occurs, the MTA plans to increase LIRR prepare service by 41%, officers mentioned.
The debut service between Jamaica and Grand Central Maddison will function between 6:15 a.m. and eight:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekends. Trains will run each half-hour in each instructions throughout noon durations and on weekends, and as soon as per hour throughout peak hours and instructions.
Contributed reporting by Stephen Nessen.