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 The Metropolitan Transit Authority recently announced that the tunnel connecting the Long Island Railroad and the Grand Central Terminal has been completed.

According to online news network, NY1, the MTA’s “big dig” is the largest infrastructure project currently underway in theUnited States. Slated for completion in 2018, it is expected to provide 160,000 people a day with a faster, more reliable and more comfortable ride from Sunnyside, Queens to a cavernous concourse 12 storeys below Manhattan’s Grand Central.

The MTA anticipates that, once complete and operational, the new system will also help improve air quality by relieving traffic congestion and reducing vehicle emissions.

As the project nears completion, the resulting improvements to commuter service and faster, easier access toManhattanare expected to drive property values higher in theEast Sideboroughs.

Two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) started digging 120’ beneathManhattan’s streets in May 2011. The upper tunnel drives were completed at the end of November 2009.

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