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Hudson Yards Right-of-Way Preservation Project

Project Status

Construction


Planning

Environmental Review

Design

Construction

Complete

Hudson Yards Right-of-Way Preservation Project

With funding from Congress and the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak is constructing a concrete casing beneath the Hudson Yards in Midtown Manhattan to preserve the underground right-of-way for a future rail tunnel connecting to Penn Station New York.

Dignitaries Breaking Ground on Right-of-Way Preservation Project

Dignitaries Breaking Ground on Right-of-Way Preservation Project

Looking West: Concrete casings under construction at Hudson Yards, June 2014

Looking West: Concrete casings under construction at Hudson Yards, June 2014

Concrete Casing Interior View in August 2014

Concrete Casing Interior View in August 2014

Concrete Casing Under Construction - May 2014

Concrete Casing Under Construction - May 2014

To protect the alignment for a future rail tunnel beneath the Hudson Yards development on the west side of Manhattan, Amtrak has constructed two sections of a concrete casing underground between 10th and 11th Avenues and 30th and 33rd Streets. Construction of the first 800-foot section (between 10th and 11th Avenues) 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 Hudson Tunnel Project and private development of Hudson Yards. Early work has begun to relocate Long Island Rail Road utilities out of the path of the third section.

When complete, the concrete casing will preserve the ability to construct a new tunnel that connects New Jersey with Penn Station, as envisioned in the Hudson Tunnel Project. It also preserves the ability to meet the growing demand for passenger rail service west of the Hudson River and throughout the Northeast by expanding rail capacity under the Gateway Program.

Benefits

  • Right-of-way preservation
  • Climate change resilience

Partners

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