NEW YORK (PIX11) — Grand Central Madison, which was set to open on Manhattan’s east side before the end of the year, won’t open in 2022, transit officials confirmed Thursday.

A new opening date has not yet been set. MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer said the MTA would work with the Federal Railroad Administration to open Grand Central Madison as soon as possible in January.

“As was described at the MTA Board meeting last week, the opening of Grand Central Madison and Long Island Rail Road GCM service is contingent on the conclusion of system testing, in line with our commitment to safety. One particular zone in the 700,000 square-foot terminal requires additional work that will take more than a few days. Given the logistics of concluding testing and launching service, we have advised MTA Chair Janno Lieber that the terminal will not open this week. We will coordinate with the Federal Railroad Administration to open the new Terminal and commence LIRR service as soon as possible in January.”

MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer

The new terminal at Grand Central for LIRR trains has been decades in the making. The project cost around $11.1 billion.

The LIRR recently released 18 draft timetables showing proposed train schedules to Grand Central Madison. The proposed timetables would add 274 trains per weekday.

The MTA also announced earlier in December that the LIRR would offer a temporary special direct train between the new Grand Central Madison terminal in Manhattan and Jamaica Station in Queens after testing was completed but before the full schedule was ready to roll out. It was not immediately clear on Thursday whether this plan would still take place given the delayed start.