Cameron on Transportation
New Grand Central Madison Finally Open, at Quite a Cost
Grand Central Madison, the new train station bored into the rock beneath Grand Central Terminal, is finally open. When it’s fully operational it’s expected to serve 160,000 daily Long Island Rail Road riders. And by freeing up space at Penn Station (once dominated by LIRR), some Metro-North trains will be able to terminate there instead of at GCT. As a friend from an engineering consultancy put it in social media, “This new station proves we CAN build great things (in the US).” Yeah … a decade late and 400% over budget. I hate always to be the cynic, but if we don’t understand our mistakes we’ll keep repeating (and over-paying for) them.