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MTA visits the Metro Tunnel Project team

From New York to Melbourne; Dr Horodniceanu from New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in town to share his tunnelling expertise with the Metro Tunnel Project.

Dr Horodniceanu is overseeing construction of a 9.65km tunnel connecting Grand Central Station to the Long Island Rail Road – the busiest commuter rail network in America.

The multi-billion dollar East Side Access project includes 13km of tunnelling under New York's East River and has encountered a range of challenges during more than nine years of construction.

Premier Daniel Andrews inspected the project last year with the Co-ordinator General of Victoria's Major Transport Program, Corey Hannett, and during the trip invited Dr Horodniceanu to visit Victoria's transformational Metro Tunnel Project.

Dr Horodniceanu will use his significant experience to provide advice on the Metro Tunnel during his trip. He will also address all project staff.

The visit follows the Premier's trip in September to Japan, where he announced more funding for new signalling equipment that incorporated key lessons from Tokyo's subway. The technology will allow new high-capacity trains to travel through the Metro Tunnel on the same tracks every couple of minutes, meaning more trains more often.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) staff visited the London Underground last year to learn about the mammoth Crossrail project being built under that city and its heritage buildings. In addition, many personnel and contractors have joined the Metro Tunnel project from other rail tunnel projects around the world.

For more on Dr Horodniceanu's visit, see our Learning from international projects video.