The East Side access project, a plan to bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal that has moved in fits and starts for 40 years, has hit a snag: Amtrak's financial straits.
Kluger's probers say managers bicker with consultants and the responsibilities of an outside engineering firm were left unclear. The first leg of the Second Ave. subway project is expected to be completed in 2017, about five years late.
Why do we need a LIRR link to Grand Central, there is already a link to Penn Station - let get the commuter tax back turned on again - it will help minimize the overcrowding of infrastructure by these suburban commuters.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority insists that the dispute is not serious. Referring to contaminated soil, William M. Wheeler, the director of planning at the Long Island, said, "Amtrak hasn't shown us anything to indicate that.'' But Amtrak has avoided the word "share.'' "I must have an agreement that will not produce any additional financial burdens on Amtrak,'' Mr. Gunn wrote to Peter S. Kalikow, chairman of the transportation authority, on Dec. 4. In an earlier letter he complained that the authority was proceeding "without directly addressing Amtrak's concerns.''