Plan to Connect L.I.R.R. To Grand Central Hits Snag
The plan to bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal has hit a snag, with a group of well-heeled businesses and developers opposing construction of a large building in Midtown that would house essential equipment and operations. Citing concerns about pollution, traffic and security, neighbors of the proposed building, on 50th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, have accused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of ducking the rules to get the project approved. They say that after having submitted the proposal for environmental review, the agency changed the project's location, breaking its promise to disperse the equipment around the neighborhood and opting to centralize it in a 16-story building. It would house diesel fuel tanks, backup generators and the main ventilation system for the project's tunnel.