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Date: 01/23/23 22:36
Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January 25
Author: Amtrak2025

Long Island Rail Road's (New York) long delayed service to Grand Central Madison is now scheduled to begin on 25 January. The service will initially operate as a limited Jamaica to Grand Central shuttle.

https://new.mta.info/grandcentralmadison



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/23/23 23:03 by Amtrak2025.



Date: 01/24/23 08:23
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: rbenko

... and there was much rejoicing!!!



Date: 01/24/23 09:56
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: aehouse

Gazillion billion dollar, multi-decade work for a Jamaica-GCT shuttle. Priceless (literally).

Art House



Date: 01/24/23 11:35
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: joemvcnj

https://new.mta.info/document/104556

This will last about 3 weeks until full service begins. 



Date: 01/24/23 12:30
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: rbenko

So no evening weekday service?  Blah - was going to take it tomorrow from Jamaica (via JFK airtrain) to GCT 



Date: 01/24/23 17:51
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: beebopper

I think another board mentioned that all the crews wouldn't be qualified till at least March so I'd pick March as a safe startup date! It would also give them enough time to place two more M8 sets into service!

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Date: 01/24/23 18:00
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: joemvcnj

They said at least 3 weeks, which would be around Presidents Day.

The March date had to do with PTC development, but FRA granted a waiver for that. It had nothing to do with qualified crews. The crew picks and employee timetables were dated for a full start on December 6. They have done hundreds of test runs. 

They don't need any more M9's to be in service. They can easily send the M3's to Brooklyn.

 



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Date: 01/25/23 05:17
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: JPB

First GC Madison-bound train departs Jamaica at 1045 Wednesday 1/25/23 with Gov Hochul at the throttle (not really but apparently she'll be along for the ride). Should be a non-stop 22 minute ride.

" The first train is schedule to originate at Jamaica at 10:45 a.m., and run express to the new station where it is scheduled to arrive at 11:07 a.m. News 12 Long Island has learned Gov. Kathy Hochul will be riding that first train."

https://connecticut.news12.com/first-lirr-train-slated-to-travel-to-grand-central-madison-later-this-morning



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Date: 01/25/23 12:26
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: joemvcnj




Date: 01/25/23 17:38
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: Lackawanna484

Four cheers from me to abyler and his crew for finishing the job, and making a huge public works project come to life

The NY Times has coverage of the first trip.  Emphasis on how much time will be saved by Long Island residents who work in the Madison Avenue / 48 th Street area.  And how much easier the trip to JFK Airport will be for people living on the Upper East Side.

Reader comments in the NYT are savage. Absolutely ripping the last several Governors for pandering to Long Island residents. Noting that the amount of money spent on rich white suburbanites far exceeds the amount spent on many more people in NYC "transit deserts" dependent on bus service.  Many of the same critiques were delivered when the new terminals at LaGuardia were opened.

 



Date: 01/26/23 04:46
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: pdt

even with their so called diagram, which i cant understand, i have no idea where and how this connects to the real gct.
and this new terminal is 4 tracks on 2 levels?  2 island platforms? 



Date: 01/26/23 05:59
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: TomPittsfieldMA

There are 8 tracks. Passengers descend to a deep mezzanine. From the mezzanine, there are two platforms with four tracks on the level immediately above it, two more platforms with four more tracks on the level immediately below the mezzanine.

The new station appears to lie deep under the westernmost part of the existing station, with separate entrances at/near Madison Avenue and for passengers between the two parts.
 
The videos I've seen don't make clear how this new two level station interconnects with the original two level terminal above (let alone with the two levels of subway tracks passing along the south side and the one to the east. They have invested in signage and current train info displays.

  



Date: 01/26/23 15:14
Re: Long Island Rail Road Grand Central service to begin January
Author: Cumbresfan

TomPittsfieldMA Wrote:
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> There are 8 tracks. Passengers descend to a deep
> mezzanine. From the mezzanine, there are two
> platforms with four tracks on the level
> immediately above it, two more platforms with four
> more tracks on the level immediately below the
> mezzanine.
>
> The new station appears to lie deep under the
> westernmost part of the existing station, with
> separate entrances at/near Madison Avenue and for
> passengers between the two parts.
>  
> The videos I've seen don't make clear how this new
> two level station interconnects with the original
> two level terminal above (let alone with the two
> levels of subway tracks passing along the south
> side and the one to the east. They have invested
> in signage and current train info displays.
>
Sleeping areas on the platform for the homeless and columns for the robbers to wait behind for the unwary? These are necessary in New York City these days.



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