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LIRR East Side Access Cost Tops $8B


The project to link the Long Island Rail Road to the East Side of Manhattan now has a pricetag of more than $8 billion.

The New York Times says that’s up from the 2006 estimate of just over $6 billion.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials also reiterated Monday that the new completion date for the project is August 2019.


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MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota had revealed the delay earlier this month at a meeting of business leaders on Long Island.

The MTA is building a new tunnel under the East River to allow LIRR trains access to Grand Central Terminal. Now, all LIRR trains go to Penn Station, on Manhattan’s west side.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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