New York Woefully Underserved by Freight Rail

To solve the problem, Nadler has long advocated a freight tunnel under the harbor that connects the nation’s rail network to Brooklyn, which has a track that runs into Queens. But while hundreds of millions of dollars has been allocated over the years to pay for studies, funding to build a $10 billion (or more) tunnel has been hard to come by and may become harder still given the politics in Washington. Thus, the Regional Plan Association advocates adding freight capability to the planned Gateway tunnel, which would run under the Hudson River into Penn Station.

“The Gateway has to happen—why not include freight there?” asks Richard Barone, vice president for transportation at the Regional Plan Association. “We need to think about transit in a multifaceted way, especially when we have limited resources and we need to make our dollars go farther.”

Read the full article in Crain's New York Business.