On the Wrong Track: New York’s Railways Are in Terrible Shape

Yet repairs are badly needed. The two tunnels under the Hudson river, which serve the station and the main NEC arteries, are a century old and move with the tides. Like the rest of the network, they suffer from over-use and chronic under-investment. Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 has not yet been repaired. Another storm, a tunnel crack or a high-speed derailment would be catastrophic. Richard Barone of the Regional Plan Association, a think-tank, puts it bluntly: “We’re operating on borrowed time.”

Read the full article in The Economist.