The long 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 first practice is about to go away Jamaica at 10:45 a.m., arriving on the new station situated 150 toes below Grand Central Terminal simply 12 minutes later at 11:07 a.m.
The announcement got here almost one week after Gothamist reported that the MTA began operating empty trains to take a look at service on the station. The company beforehand deliberate to open the station by the tip of 2022, a deadline set after years of building delays and a pricetag at $11.6 billion, federal information present. The undertaking was initially scheduled to wrap up in 2011 at a price 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 clients can acquaint themselves with the brand new terminal,” in accordance to an MTA press launch. Later, the company will provoke full service, and will submit schedules on its website and TrainTime app. Once that occurs, the MTA plans to increase LIRR practice 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 intervals and on weekends, and as soon as per hour throughout peak hours and instructions.
Contributed reporting by Stephen Nessen.