The long-delayed Grand Central Madison station is finally set to open this week — though service will be limited for its initial launch, the MTA announced Monday.
The first train is due to leave Jamaica at 10:45 a.m. and arrive at the new station located 150 feet below Grand Central Terminal just 12 minutes later at 11:07 a.m.
The announcement came nearly a week after Gothamist reported that the MTA had started running empty trains to test service at the station. The agency previously planned to open the station by the end of 2022, a deadline set after years of construction delays and a price tag of $11.6 billion, according to federal records. The project was originally scheduled to end in 2011 at a cost of $4.3 billion.
For at least the first three weeks, the LIRR will provide limited daily shuttle service between the two stations “so customers can familiarize themselves with the new terminal,” according to an MTA press release. Later, the agency will launch a full service and publish timetables on its website and on the TrainTime app. Once that happens, the MTA plans to increase LIRR train service by 41%, officials said.
The first service between Jamaica and Grand Central Maddison will operate between 6:15 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekends. Trains will run every 30 minutes in both directions during midday and weekend periods, and once an hour during peak times and directions.
Reporting contributed by Stephen Nessen.