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Local congressmen push for back up plan if Hudson tunnels shutdown

March 11, 2019 - 10:41 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) Two local congressman have been thinking about worst case scenarios.

Democrat Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Republican Peter King of New York are introducing legislation to demand a contingency plan in the event one of the two North River rail tunnels under the Hudson must be shut down.

The Regional Plan Association has released a report outlining the economic consequences such a commuting disruption would have.

The bill would require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a report within 60 days that explains what would happen.

The Department of Transportation would have to come up with a contingency plan.

The tunnels are more than 100 years old and are crumbling.

The chairman of Amtrak is on record saying one of the tunnels would likely have to be shut down within five years.

A project to build a replacement tunnel has been on hold for years because of concerns by various parties about funding.