For years, building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River has been deemed a “top priority” infrastructure project for the New York-New Jersey region—and the country. Finally, a plan and funding are coming together with desired completion “long before” the end of the decade.
It’s been nearly a decade since Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the existing single-track tunnels that were built over 110 years ago, connecting New York and New Jersey. Salt from the flooding continues eating away at interior walls and electrical cables. Although there have been periodic shutdowns for repairs, Amtrak has indicated it cannot fully repair the old tubes until new ones are able to handle the daily train traffic—450 trains at the pre-pandemic level. The New York Times reports that now, the project has been given the go-ahead, with the federal government, New York and New Jersey agreeing to share the $11.6 billion cost of both building the new tracks and repairing the old ones.
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Construction of the new tunnels will be overseen by the Gateway Program Development Corporation—which has been pushing the project forward for over four years. As federal leadership told the The New York Times:
“This is a big step for the Northeast, and for the entire country, as these tunnels connect so many people, jobs and businesses….”
The one-track tunnels, which would carry trains deep under the Hudson River, are part of a massive project known as Gateway that aims to modernize the rail system that serves New York City. They would supplement the existing single-track tunnels that are more than 110 years old and were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
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