The MTA's East Side Access project may $6.5 billion over budget and 10 years behind schedule, but let's watch this newly released time lapse video, set to ridiculous dramatic piano music, and pretend everything is happening at lightning speed. The video shows construction of the Queens Plaza substation and superstructures from October to December last fall, shot from a camera that faced Northern Boulevard. The massive undertakingan we mean massive, check out the subterranean caverns herewill one day (in about a decade) extend the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central. DNAinfo reported today that the MTA awarded two new contracts worth a total of $627.79 million for construction on the project. Two tunnels have been drilled, but they need to be lined with concrete and waterproofed, as well as equipped with communications networks; the new contracts take care of both these tasks, as well as finishing underground ventilation facilities in Midtown.
· East Side Access - 4/15/2014 Update [YouTube]
· MTA Awards More Than $625M in East Side Access Project Contracts [DNAinfo]
· East Side Access coverage [Curbed]