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New Jersey lawmakers keep pressure on feds to help fund $13B Hudson River tunnel

January 31, 2019

A press release from Murphy’s office said that if one of the Hudson River tubes was to shut down for even one day, the regional and national economic impact would be $100 million. For this reason, the project would involve building the new tunnel first and then closing the other two for repairs.

Amtrak, which owns and operates the tunnel, has estimated the operational life to be another 10 to 15 years, but with a considerable maintenance investment, AP reported. Another flood event could also endanger the tunnel’s ability to function, or, at the very least, add a significant amount to maintenance costs.

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