NEC Projects


Hudson Yard Right-of-Way Preservation Project

Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
  • MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
  • Related Companies
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • Tutor Perini

Project Benefits

  • Right-of-way preservation
  • Climate change resilience

Project Status


Available Funding

$252 M

With funding from Congress and the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak is constructing a concrete casing at the Hudson Yards in Midtown Manhattan to preserve an underground right-of-way that could serve as the future alignment for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting to Penn Station, New York.

To protect the future rail right-of-way through the Hudson Yards, Phase 1 of the concrete casing was built underground extending 800 feet from 10th to 11th Avenues between 31st and 33rd Streets. The construction began in August 2013 and was completed about a year later. The second phase of the concrete casing extended the project west another 105 feet under the 11th Avenue viaduct in Manhattan. This phase began in December 2014 and is nearing completion. 

The concrete casing will maintain the ability to preserve existing passenger rail service in and out of New York City by building a new Hudson River tunnel that connects with Penn Station, as envisioned in the Hudson Tunnel Project. It also preserves the ability to meet strong growth in rail travel demand west of the Hudson and throughout the Northeast Region, by expanding rail capacity as envisioned in the Gateway Program. Without the preservation of this right-of-way, the opportunity to expand rail service into Penn Station from under the Hudson River would never be possible. 

Next steps include design and construction of an anticipated next phase of the concrete casing between 11th and 12th Avenues in coordination with the westward development of Hudson Yards.