63rd Street Tunnel

  • 63rd street tunnel
    east side access.svg
    the 63rd street tunnel, in the context of the east side access project
    overview
    line63rd street line (f and <f>​ trains)
    locationeast river between manhattan and queens, new york city
    coordinates40°45′36″n 73°57′18″w / 40°45′36″n 73°57′18″w / 40.76000; -73.95500
    operatormetropolitan transportation authority
    technical
    length3,140 feet (960 m) between shafts[1]
    no. of tracks2
    width38.5 feet (11.7 m)[1][2]

    the 63rd street tunnel is a double-deck subway and railroad tunnel under the east river between the boroughs of manhattan and queens in new york city. it is the newest of the east river tunnels, and the newest rail river crossing in the new york metropolitan area.

    the upper level of the 63rd street tunnel carries the ind 63rd street line of the new york city subway. the tunnel's lower level is unused, but will carry long island rail road trains to a new train terminal under grand central terminal, following the expected completion of the east side access project by 2023.

    construction of the 63rd street tunnel began in 1969, and the tunnel was holed through beneath roosevelt island in 1972. completion of the tunnel and its connections was delayed by the 1975 new york city fiscal crisis and the upper level was not opened until 1989, twenty years after construction started. the lower level was never opened because of the cancellation of the lirr route to manhattan. the tunnel was initially referred to as the "tunnel to nowhere" because its queens end did not connect to any other subway line until 2001. construction on east side access, and the completion of the lower level, started in 2006.

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63rd Street Tunnel
East Side Access.svg
The 63rd Street Tunnel, in the context of the East Side Access project
Overview
Line63rd Street Line (F and <F>​ trains)
LocationEast River between Manhattan and Queens, New York City
Coordinates40°45′36″N 73°57′18″W / 40°45′36″N 73°57′18″W / 40.76000; -73.95500
OperatorMetropolitan Transportation Authority
Technical
Length3,140 feet (960 m) between shafts[1]
No. of tracks2
Width38.5 feet (11.7 m)[1][2]

The 63rd Street Tunnel is a double-deck subway and railroad tunnel under the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens in New York City. It is the newest of the East River tunnels, and the newest rail river crossing in the New York metropolitan area.

The upper level of the 63rd Street Tunnel carries the IND 63rd Street Line of the New York City Subway. The tunnel's lower level is unused, but will carry Long Island Rail Road trains to a new train terminal under Grand Central Terminal, following the expected completion of the East Side Access project by 2023.

Construction of the 63rd Street Tunnel began in 1969, and the tunnel was holed through beneath Roosevelt Island in 1972. Completion of the tunnel and its connections was delayed by the 1975 New York City fiscal crisis and the upper level was not opened until 1989, twenty years after construction started. The lower level was never opened because of the cancellation of the LIRR route to Manhattan. The tunnel was initially referred to as the "tunnel to nowhere" because its Queens end did not connect to any other subway line until 2001. Construction on East Side Access, and the completion of the lower level, started in 2006.

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