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July 07, 2017

Hudson Tunnel Project Reaches Major Milestone with release of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

On July 7, 2017, the Federal Railroad Administration released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project, representing a major milestone in the aggressive 24-month environmental review schedule. 

The Hudson Tunnel Project includes the design and construction of a new Hudson River rail tunnel serving Penn Station, New York, and the rehabilitation and modernization of the existing North River Tunnel which incurred serious and ongoing damage during Super Storm Sandy. The high level of traffic in the existing North River Tunnel – approximately 450 trains per weekday – means that without this project, taking one of the North River Tunnel tubes out of service for necessary repairs would severely reduce rail service because the remaining tube would have to accommodate two-way traffic. This very significant reduction in capacity would have a devastating effect on New York and New Jersey commuters who cross the Hudson on a daily basis, Amtrak passengers, and the regional and national economies

The Hudson Tunnel and Portal Bridge projects constitute Phase I of the Gateway Program – the most urgent infrastructure program in America. The 106-year-old bridge and tunnel were carrying passengers while the Titanic was under construction and the Wright Brothers were switching from their Model “A” to Model “B” Flyer.

The FRA and NJ TRANSIT invite you to learn about the Preferred Alternative and the environmental review process by attending a public meeting and/or submitting comments on the Draft EIS by August 21, 2017. For more information on getting involved visit

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