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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.

In addition, pertinent information about the project can be found at the project's FRA webpage: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0937

Permitting Timeline

Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Department of Defense
02/22/2019
In Progress
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 03/17/2017
Target: 03/17/2017
PCN/Application Deemed Complete
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 02/22/2019
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Federal Railroad Administration
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 05/02/2016
Scoping 
Complete 05/31/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Complete 07/07/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 03/30/2018
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 03/30/2018
Floodplain or wetland assessment
03/30/2019
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Completed application received
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Notice to proceed
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Review Terminated with no decision
Section 10 Permit
Department of Defense
02/22/2019
In Progress
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 03/17/2017
Target: 03/17/2017
PCN/Application Deemed Complete
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Complete 07/07/2017
Target: 06/30/2017
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Target: 02/22/2019
Section 106 Review
States
03/30/2018
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 05/12/2016
Target: 05/12/2016
Completed application received
Complete 07/07/2017
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
Section 106 Review
States
03/30/2018
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 05/12/2016
Target: 05/12/2016
Completed application received
Complete 07/07/2017
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
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