Monitoring Construction of LIRR's East Side Access Project

MTA Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project


MTA Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project


New York, NY


MTA Long Island Rail Road (MTA LIRR)

AKRF provides construction support services for the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) East Side Access Project, which will bring LIRR service to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and, by adding a second Manhattan terminal for the railroad, allow LIRR to greatly expand train service throughout Long Island. Prior to our work during the construction phase of this project, we led the multi-disciplinary consultant team that prepared the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Construction for this project includes creation of a new rail yard and train connections in Sunnyside, Queens; building new train tunnels through midtown Manhattan; and construction of a new train terminal and new ventilation structures in midtown Manhattan.

AKRF’s construction support services for this project include:

  • Air quality monitoring adjacent to Sunnyside Yard and recommendation of mitigation approaches as part of a Community Air Monitoring Plan
  • Air quality monitoring and mitigation recommendations adjacent to tunnel and terminal construction areas in Manhattan
  • Noise monitoring and development of mitigation measures to shield adjacent businesses during construction in midtown Manhattan
  • Acoustical analysis of potential construction noise mitigation at Sunnyside Yard
  • Construction noise and vibration analysis of a tunnel spoils conveyor and tunneling operation at Sunnyside Yard
  • Development of construction vibration monitoring program to be used during tunneling operations in Manhattan
  • Surveys to identify potentially vibration-sensitive land uses where additional project coordination might be appropriate
  • Coordination with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regarding ongoing project commitments to protect historic resources
Construction Services Overview