7 Out Of 10 People Will Live In Cities By 2050

Goodbye, little house on the prairie.

Caverns under construction

Courtesy Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin

As people flock to urban centers, engineers will need to figure out how to accommodate them. In 2006, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority started digging a train tunnel beneath Manhattan to connect the Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s second busiest commuter train system, to Grand Central Terminal. Where the two systems will meet, at a new station 14 stories below ground, two 85-foot-tall caverns are currently under construction.

This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of Popular Science.