pbj123 wrote:I may be mistaken, but I believe any new tunnel approach will come in south of the existing tubes. I think the yards you are talking about are north of those tubes. If LIRR is being moved out of parts of their yard, it could be for foundation work needed to deck over the west end of the station. most of that open area will be covered and become a park for two buildings going up there.If you look at the map of the gateway tunnel proposal you'd note that the approaches to NYP of the new tunnel pair lay directly beneath the west side yard and its small mantinence facility. The section being put in "now" is the segment directly under that area, which needs to be supported for anything to be built over it or risk geologic instability if they tried putting the tunnel section in after the buildings go up. Ultimately this segment will determine the loading gauge for the rest of the tunnels. Easier and safer to dig/blast when there's not millions of lbs of building weight added.
Next stop the square, journal square station next!