Full service to Grand Central Madison starts with Monday morning's commute

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority claims that the 25-year-old Grand Central Madison

terminal will speed up commutes to Manhattan's East Side for Long Island RailRoad passengers.

For many commuters from Nassau and Suffolk counties travelling to Manhattan, Monday will look very different.

For the first time in 100 years, the LIRR has increased service with the opening of the new terminal.

Every weekday, an additional 274 trains will run. That represents a 41% rise in system-wide service.

Grand Central Madison will connect the remainder of the region to Long Island, according to the MTA, which claims that the LIRR is the busiest commuter railroad in North America.

The new terminal, which runs from 43rd to 48th streets, was constructed below the old station.

On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Chuck Schumer, and Janno Lieber, chairman of the MTA, rode a bus from Grand Central Madison to Jamaica station.

"Numerous residents of Long Island and those who work on the East Side will finally have the convenience they long for.

To get to work, they won't have to cross town in the sleet, snow, heat, or rain "said Schumer.

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