Nightmare commutes, like Monday’s, are proof we need NYC rail tunnel, 8 senators say

It’s been an almost two-year wait for a critical federal decision that would allow a project to build two new $9.5 billion rail tunnels under the Hudson River to proceed to the next step.

After Monday’s NJ Transit commuting meltdown, a group of eight U.S. Senators are fed up with the delay.

“These tubes are old and in need of significant rehabilitation. If they are forced to close, the region would grind to a standstill, and the nation’s economy would suffer immensely,” the senators wrote.

Delays also increase the cost of the project, the senators wrote. A May 2019 Regional Plan Association report warned of a commuting nightmare if one of the two tunnels had to be closed for emergency repairs and blow to the regional and national economy because of lost productivity.