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We need both. Whatever happened to connecting Brooklyn to the mainland
by rail? Does the Port Authority think we will disband them when they
Ruben Safir wrote:
> We don't NEED this. We do NEED a SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY.
> Do New Yorkers EVER have a say as to what happens to our City?
> 2nd Hudson Rail Tunnel Clears Key Federal Hurdle
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> The prospects for a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River to
> Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan received a major boost on Wednesday
> when federal authorities approved an environmental assessment for a $9
> billion tunnel planned by New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority.
> The agencies can now apply to get their final design accepted and lobby
> the federal government for the remaining $3 billion needed to begin work
> on the project, which is expected to be completed by 2017. If all goes
> well, the agencies believe they will be able to break ground in the
> Known as Access to the Regionâ€™s Core, or ARC, the tunnel would double
> the number of trains that can travel under the Hudson between New York
> and New Jersey to 48 per hour, from 23 now. The extra train service is
> expected to eliminate 22,000 automobile trips a day.
> The new service also would allow more New Jersey Transit riders to reach
> New York without having to change trains in Newark or Secaucus. A second
> tunnel would also relieve pressure on the century-old tunnel that New
> Jersey Transit shares with Amtrak. The projectâ€™s six new tracks in
> Manhattan, which would terminate beneath 34th Street, would also allow
> commuters to connect underground to the subways and PATH trains at
> Avenue of the Americas.
> With the approval on Wednesday by the Federal Transit Administration,
> the Port Authority and New Jersey Transit are optimistic that they can
> receive the remaining money they need from the federal government,
> partly because President-elect Barack Obama has said he is committed to
> spending billions of dollars on large infrastructure projects to revive
> the economy.
> â€œThe timing couldnâ€™t be better, because the region could benefit from a
> project like this,â€ said Anthony R. Coscia, the chairman of the Port
> Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has contributed $3 billion
> to the project. â€œIn the near term, it will put a lot of people to work,
> and in the long term, it will revolutionize how people get into the
> The project is expected to generate 6,000 jobs a year during
> construction. An additional 44,000 jobs could be created because the
> tunnel would provide easier access to New York City, according to New
> Jersey Transit.
> â€œBy putting boots on the pavement and shovels in the dirt, this project
> will employ thousands of workers and help jump-start the economy,â€ said
> Gov. Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey.
> Critics contend that the new six-track annex under 34th Street is too
> deep and would be difficult for some people to escape during a fire.
> They also say that passengers whose trains stop there would have to walk
> an extra full block to get to Penn Station, where they would be able to
> catch subways running on the West Side of Manhattan.