Hudson Tunnel Project
PROJECT WEBSITE: Hudson Tunnel Project website
All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.
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ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING PROCESSES
Project Category DOT Projects
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
Other Agencies with Actions or Authorizations:
Department of the Army, US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the lead agency preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the Hudson Tunnel Project (the Project) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NJ TRANSIT and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) are joint lead agencies in the development of the EIS. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the U.S. Army Corps are Cooperating Agencies. FRA is coordinating compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) with the NEPA process.
The Hudson Tunnel Project includes (1) construction of a new two-track rail tunnel on the Northeast Corridor, connecting New Jersey to Penn Station New York (PSNY) beneath the Hudson River, and including railroad infrastructure in New Jersey and New York connecting the new rail tunnel to the existing NEC, and (2) rehabilitation of the existing two-track NEC tunnel beneath the Hudson River, known as the North River Tunnel. The new tunnel would be completed prior to rehabilitation work on the existing tunnel, to avoid unacceptable delays to Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT rail service during rehabilitation.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to preserve the current functionality of Amtrak’s NEC service and NJ TRANSIT’s commuter rail service between New Jersey and PSNY by repairing the deteriorating North River Tunnel; and to strengthen the NEC’s resiliency to support reliable service by providing redundant capacity under the Hudson River for Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT NEC trains between New Jersey and the existing PSNY. These improvements must be achieved while maintaining uninterrupted commuter and intercity rail service and by optimizing the use of existing infrastructure.
In addition, pertinent information about the project can be found at the project's FRA webpage: https://railroads.dot.gov/current-environmental-reviews/hudson-tunnel-project-new-jersey-and-new-york
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