London rail isn't falling down

It’s not news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access project is massively delayed and massively over budget.

But to provide context to just how overpriced the extension of the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal is, the Regional Plan Association looked across the pond — to London.

There, a project called Crossrail will connect regional and national rail networks, add a tunnel under the city and provide increased track capacity. It began in 2009 and is expected to open later this year. (East Side Access, begun in 2000, was originally supposed to be done in 2009. Its completion date is now set at 2022.)

In a report released this week, the RPA stuck the two projects side by side. The findings are stark.

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