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, two sections of the concrete casing have been built underground in the block bordered by 10th and 11th Avenues and 30th and 33rd Streets. Construction of the first 800-foot section (between 10th and 11th Aveneues) began in August 2013 and was completed about a year later. The second section extended the project west another 105 feet under the 11th Avenue viaduct in Manhattan and was completed in 2016.  The next step involves extending the casing on a diagonal alignment from 11th Avenue to 30th Street, in coordination with the westward development of Hudson Yards. 

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 not be possible.