May 7, 2014

Hudson River rail tunnels have up to 20 years left, Amtrak says

Northeast Corridor at western slope of the Hudson Palisades before entering the North River Tunnels. Photo by hudconja via Wikimedia Commons

BERGEN, N.J. — Century-old rail tunnels beneath the Hudson River have at most two decades of service remaining and Amtrak lacks funding to replace them, said Amtrak President/CEO Joseph Boardman, according to a Bloomberg BusinessNews report.

“I’m being told we’ve got something less than 20 years before we have to shut one or two down,” Boardman, the top executive at the U.S. national rail operator, said last month at a conference of the Regional Plan Association in New York.

Access to the Region’s Core, a $12.4 billion project to replace the Hudson tunnels, was canceled by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2010. ARC would have more than doubled the number of peak-time runs, to 48 trains per hour, according to the report. For the full story, click here.

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