Maloney Tours East Side Access Site in Western Queens

Nov 30, 2005
Press Release
QUEENS, NY - Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney toured the Queens portion of the East Side Access project with top Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) engineers and officials. MTA Capital Construction President Mysore Nagaraja and East Side Access Project Manager Dilip Patel updated Maloney on the progress of the project, which had two major victories this month: on November 8th, New York voters passed the Transportation Bond Act, which included $450 million for the project; additionally, on November 19th, Congresswoman Maloney and her colleagues secured $340 million for East Side Access in the federal FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill.

“East Side Access will give the New York City and Queens economies a big shot in the arm and offer Sunnyside residents a quick route into Manhattan,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “With more than $2.4 billion in state and federal funds already committed to the project, East Side Access is moving forward with some real momentum.”

East Side Access will bring the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Grand Central Station, carrying approximately 162,000 new passengers, including 5,000 residents of Western Queens, every day. The project includes a new LIRR station in Sunnyside, near Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue. This station will allow Western Queens residents to make a nonstop trip to Penn Station and will also be used by commuters heading to the fast-growing Long Island City business district, the fourth-largest business center in New York City. Congresswoman Maloney, a strong supporter of East Side Access, has worked with her colleagues in the New York delegation to direct more than $600 million in federal funds to the project since FY 1998.