The MTA’s East Side Access project reveals the work carried out by two enormous boring machines beneath Manhattan’s streets.
Images from New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reveal the tunnels beneath the streets of Manhattan. They show the work being done as part of the East Side Access project, which will connect the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Main and Port Washington lines in Queens to a new terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal.
The project has been excavating tunnels around 120 feet underground using two tunnel boring machines. Gizmodo reports that it started in 2006 and has produced 5.6 miles of tunnels and caverns, hoping to be operational in 2019.
When completed, the LIRR’s capacity into Manhattan will be increased and travel time for Long Island and eastern Queens commuters traveling to the east side of Manhattan will be dramatically shortened. Click through to see a selection of photos of the amazing tunnels, which look more like a movie set for the Dark Knight films than a construction project: