Amtrak to Repair NYC Tunnels

Amtrak will repair its tunnels between New York City and New Jersey as a prelude to constructing two new tunnels.

The passenger carrier said repair work in the $150 million program will be undertaken at night and on weekends and occur over a two-year period.

The tunnels were damaged in 2012 by flooding triggered by Superstorm Sandy. The damage included deteriorating concrete and cable corrosion.

Eventually, Amtrak plans to rebuild the two existing tunnels, which were built in the early 20th century, after completing construction of two new tunnels as part of the Gateway tunnel program.

Once the Gateway project is completed, train capacity in the Northeast Corridor will be significantly increased.

Amtrak plans to fund the work with funding contained in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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