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The federal government has approved $2.6 billion in funding for the East Side Access project. The project would link the LIRR and Grand Central, in an effort to relieve congestion at Penn Station as well as cross-town congestion. NY1 reports that the "deal is being called the single largest transit investment in American history." Governor Pataki and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters signed the "Full Funding Grant Agreement" at Grand Central. Pataki said, "This project – underway right now – it is going to open up Grand Central and the east side to tens of thousands of commuters from Long Island, commuters who currently take the train into Penn Station and then have to get back to the Grand Central area."

All NJ Transit commuters are so jealous - walking through Grand Central will be heavenly compared to the gross shell of Penn Station. The project is expected to be completed by 2013 at a cost of $6 billion. The East Side Access Project was one of Pataki's pet transportation projects

Photograph of Grand Central by bill leahy on Flickr