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Nov 13, 2015

Digging Tunnels Underneath new York City

Digging Tunnels Underneath new York City

Every big city in the world has a decent underground system and New York is no different.
To deal with ever increasing demand, the underground network of tunnels and stations needs to be expanded and that is what is happeneing 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan.
Two enormous caverns, each several city blocks long, will house eight tracks and platforms, serving an estimated 162,000 customers a day, officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said during a tour of the planned station on Wednesday. A $10.2 billion project, known as East Side Access, will divert some Long Island Railroad trains from their current terminus at overcrowded Pennsylvania Station on the West Side to Grand Central. It will shorten riders' commute to New York by 30 to 40 minutes a day, said Michael Horodniceanu, who heads up capital construction for the MTA.

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A tunnel in the East Side Access project is seen during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A tunnel in the East Side Access project is seen during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A sandhog works in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs take a break from working in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Media and workers walk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad is seen during a media tour in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Workers walk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhog works in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Workers and the media walk in a tunnel in the East Side Access project during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A sign is seen in a tunnel in the East Side Access project during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A sandhog work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Workers stand in a tunnel in the East Side Access project, more than 15 stories beneath Midtown Manhattan building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Sandhogs work in a tunnel in the East Side Access project where workers are building a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad, the United States' busiest commuter rail system during a media tour of the site in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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