Amtrak Prez Only Gives Tunnel ’20 Years’ – Or Maybe 7 – Till They’re Dead!

ratpag doesn't want to see this!

ratpag doesn’t want to see this!

ratpag is still struggling with its battle to keep headlines short.  There’s just so much we have to say!  Ironically, today will not be a day where ratpag has much to say as we’re still very much in the thick of our investigative report and, so, will be a bit light on the content.

We wanted to take a break from our investigative series, which will conclude next week, to present this interesting article from Capital New York.  It’s worth a full read but the gist of it is that Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman, at last week’s Regional Plan Association conference in New York, had this to say about the over-100-year-old trans-Hudson rail tunnels:

I’m being told that we got something less than 20 years before we have to shut one or two down.  Something less than 20.  I don’t know if that something less than 20 is seven, or some other number.

To add to the excitement, Boardman also noted that a panel discussion’s consensus regarding the construction and completion of Amtrak’s hopeful Gateway Project – their plans for new trans-Hudson crossings – is that it’d be operational in “25 years if you’re lucky.”

It’s not a long article – ratpag recommends you read it – and so we’ll conclude today with this quote from Senator Chuck Schumer regarding Governor Chris Christie’s decision to kill the ARC project:  “[That was] one of the worst decisions that any governmental leader has made in the 20th century, or the 21st century.”  ratpag can’t disagree with that.

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