As Trump threatens veto over Gateway, regional economy hangs in balance

Dani Simons, a vice president at the Regional Plan Association, a research and advocacy organization that studies economic growth and sustainability in the tri-state area, estimates that emergency repairs to the tunnel could take over a year.

“This is really back-of-the-envelope calculations, but it would take somewhere between 14 to 18 months optimistically to get it back up to a state that it could be reopened for service again,” Simons said, based upon Amtrak forecasts. She added that this would not solve the problem, as the tunnel would just be back to its previous conditions.

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