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Hudson Tunnel Project

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

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. 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.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Floodplain or wetland assessment
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Target: 06/30/2017
Completed application received
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Target: 03/30/2018
Notice to proceed
Target: 03/30/2018
Review Terminated with no decision
Planned
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 03/17/2017
Target: 03/17/2017
PCN/Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Target: 06/30/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Target: 06/30/2017
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 02/22/2019
Department of Defense Planned
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 05/12/2016
Target: 05/12/2016
Completed application received
In Progress
Target: 06/30/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Notice to proceed
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Review Terminated with no decision
States In Progress
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 05/12/2016
Target: 05/12/2016
Completed application received
Target: 06/30/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Notice to proceed
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Review Terminated with no decision
States In Progress
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 03/17/2017
Target: 03/17/2017
PCN/Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Target: 06/30/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Target: 06/30/2017
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 02/22/2019
Department of Defense
Section 408 Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Target: 03/17/2017
Completed application received
Planned
Target: 06/30/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Planned
Target: 02/22/2019
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Department of Defense Cancelled
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS
Complete 05/02/2016
Target: 05/02/2016
Scoping
Complete 05/31/2016
Target: 05/31/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of combined Final EIS/Record of Decision
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
In Progress
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