As something of a follow-up to Monday’s post on the status of the trans-Hudson tunnels, take a gander at this video the Regional Plan Associate has produced. As part of its effort to drive the conversation regarding both rail capacity and a new Penn Station, the RPA has created an easy-to-understand video highlighting why they think we need to invest sooner rather than later in the infrastructure necessary to overcome capacity constraints and stability issues regarding Amtrak’s tunnel. We can debate what should happen to Penn Station (and how much it should cost) for hours, but the video helps put into image the countless words that have been written on the tunnels.
Great little video. I wish they would have elaborated on the Portal Bridge though; that decrepit piece of junk is also a massive bottleneck.
Now all they have to do is show it in front of state officials and congressmen with the press taking pictures of their reactions similar to what Penn Central management did in 1974 and we might get something done in this region.
But they cant get to the viewing since there’s too much traffic on the roads.
The really sad thing is even though the total cost is around $20 billion, it isn’t like they need all the money at once. If the project went VERY fast and was done in seven years, it is pathetic that between the Feds, NY and NJ, they can’t get about $3 billion a year for it.
Off topic– in the MTA Capital Plan.. great typo: The headline on page 149 for Phase Two of the 2nd Ave Subway: “Proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program – $535 billion”
If it were only true… A full 2nd Ave line and a 200 mph train from Boston to DC…lol