Regional Transit Leaders Weigh Solutions for Expanding Trans-Hudson Capacity

Key transit agencies, government officials and experts convened at an unprecedented gathering on May 7 at the World Trade Center to discuss the urgent need to expand transit capacity across the Hudson River.

The vital transit connections between New York and New Jersey are a growing worry to public officials and commuters, as deteriorating, at-capacity rail tunnels run the risk of failure and the overcrowded Port Authority Bus Terminal struggles to cope with increasing ridership.

The full-day summit, organized by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and RPA, featured a panel discussion on building a federal, bi-state and local partnership to address the trans-Hudson challenge and included leaders of the Port Authority, Amtrak, NJ Transit, the MTA and New York City’s Department of Transportation, along with industry experts and Peter Rogoff, undersecretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

Afternoon sessions highlighted potential models to fund large projects like a new tunnel across the Hudson River, and concerns regarding project implementation and environmental review. 

Media coverage of the trans-Hudson summit:

Obama Administration Urges Fast Action on New Hudson River Rail Tunnels, by Pat McGeehan, The New York Times.

Transit leaders Lament Cross-Hudson Mess, by Dana Rubinstein, Capital New York

Official Pushes for Action on New Hudson Rail Tunnels, by Andrew Tangel, Wall Street Journal

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