US Faces At Least 16 Years Of Anxiety Over Vital East Coast Rail Link’s Sustainability

Gothamist reports, it’s been a decade since Hurricane Sandy flooded the North River Tunnel (circa 1910), causing extensive and permanent damage to a vital segment of the US transportation system. The delay-plagued Gateway Program’s promise to create an alternate flood-resistant tunnel won’t be fulfilled until at least 2038, provided federal and state funding commitments remain in place. In the meantime, various officials say they’re relying on a hope that another emergency doesn’t devastate the facility, which Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) likens to an aorta when he describes its function in the northeast transportation corridor.