Sandy Funds to Pay For Flood-Resistant Tunnel

By Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.
May 30, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Amtrak’s Gateway project beneath the Hudson river received $185 million in Hurricane Sandy Relief funding to begin work on a new flood-resistant tunnel, senators Charles E. Schumer, Frank R. Lautenberg, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on May 30.

The funding will pay for an 800-foot concrete casement that will be located between 10th and 11th avenues in the Hudson Yards. The casement, also known as a “tunnel box,” will preserve the right-of-way for two flood-resistant tunnels that will bring trains into New York’s Penn Station.

The storm surge from Sandy seven months ago flooded for the first time, four of six 103-year-old tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers. The flooding halted train traffic in the Amtrak Northeast Corridor for five days. 

“There’s going to be another Sandy,” said LaHood. “This is a great idea. It’s an idea about the future.” 

Amtrak first announced the Gateway project in 2011. It would add 25 train slots to Penn Station during peak hours. The current system used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit is operating at full capacity.

Portions of the Gateway project are already under way in Manhattan and New Jersey. The project’s cost was estimated at $14.5 billion in 2011. Amtrak expects to complete the project by 2025.

Additional reporting by Genevieve Belmaker.

Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.