Hell Gate?

The Story

As Amtrak gets to work doing major track repairs on its cross-Hudson train tunnel, commuters from New Jersey are facing a “Summer of Hell.” Tracks will be taken off-line for replacement, and major delays are anticipated for thousands of riders. This long-delayed maintenance work is necessary, but a permanent fix–in the form of a new tunnel–remains a distant goal. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Drag: More than 200,000 daily riders will see their commutes affected by the track work, which is expected to last through September. Read more.

  2. Outdated: The cross-Hudson tunnel, built in 1908, is a legacy of early 20th-century train technology, and experienced substantial flooding damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Read more.

  3. The Future: A new tunnel won’t be completed until 2026, at the earliest, with a total cost likely to soar past $15 billion by then. Read more.

“New York and New Jersey need a tunnel. But they won’t get one for a while—at least a decade, maybe more. Suburban commutes into Manhattan will stay less than heavenly, even as summer turns to winter.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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