Chance of "transportation Armageddon"? 25 per cent says study

NEWARK, N.J. – A new study says there’s a 25 per cent chance the 106-year-old rail tunnel into New York City will have to close for repairs before a new one is built.

That would cut rail traffic into and out of the nation’s largest city by 75 per cent at peak times and could lead to a scenario New York Sen. Charles Schumer has called a “transportation Armageddon.”

The study released Monday by the nonpartisan group Common Good made its estimate based on environmental studies being completed in three years.

The environmental process is estimated to take two to three years. The federal government recently announced plans to accelerate that process.

The existing Hudson River tunnel was damaged during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Amtrak officials have said its two tubes eventually will have to be closed to repair damage.