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New Rail Road Station

A new railway station for the Long Island Rail Road below the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan will significantly reduce travel time for about 162,000 commuters on an average workday.

Customer Objectives

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has begun a vast building project to shorten the travel time for around 162,000 commuters travelling to the eastern side of Manhattan from Long Island and eastern Queens. Termed the East Side Access project, the new railway station will relieve Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train congestion at Penn Station. Upon its completion, the project will increase the capacity of the East River commuter rail tunnel and will relieve the serious overcrowding on LIRR trains to Penn Station and Queens Boulevard.

To achieve these goals, three and a half miles of new tunnels are being built for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and a new railway station 61 meters below Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan is being constructed. Operations on the new lines are set to get underway in 2019.

Our Solution

Siemens assisted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from the early stages, with preliminary designs, budgetary estimates, product presentations and in-depth technical meetings. In February 2012, Siemens was awarded a first multi-million dollar contract to provide the station with reliable power distribution networks. Siemens is uniquely positioned to provide low voltage switchgear and unit substations, low voltage transformers and panels for the East Side Access station.

Siemens also has the potential to provide fire protection systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, train control and security solutions for the new tunnels and station fit outs, offering the MTA a complete range of integrated and automated solutions from a single source. The total cost of the project is estimated at over $8 billion, with a potential of over $100 million of Siemens content.


Current plans call for trains to run 24 times per hour to Grand Central Terminal during peak commuting hours, which would drastically reduce overcrowding on trains heading to Penn Station in the west, while simultaneously reducing commuting time. With the service benefitting up to 162,000 passengers a day, Siemens’ reliable and integrated power distribution is critical to ensure the normal operation of the station.

The contract between Siemens and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a prime example of an exemplary collaboration between various Siemens’ business units, sales channels and partners. The 2012 contract means Siemens’ various individual business units will cooperate together, facilitating a comprehensive power distribution solution from a single source.