Is The Gateway Project The Best Solution For Amtrak?


By Noel T. Braymer

Going on for almost 8 years now, there has been an ongoing battle to build several projects collectively called the Gateway Project. This is between New York and New Jersey on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor to allow more passenger trains to use Penn Station in Manhattan. These projects have been framed as critical for the economic health of the country. The claim is that a potential failure of even 1 of the 2, 100 plus year old Hudson tunnels into Penn Station would trigger an economic disaster. The plan is to have Amtrak build a new double tracked tunnel, then overhaul the 2 older single tracked tunnels to expand rail capacity into Penn Station. Since this is on Amtrak’s railroad, it is expected that Amtrak, which means the Federal Government would pay for most of the cost of this project. Does Amtrak need to run any more…

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