Webinar: A Preventable Crisis – The Costs of a Hudson Tunnel Shutdown
When: 4:00pm ET, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Where: Via webinar
Join us as we discuss this recent report from the Regional Plan Association, which details the impact of a partial Hudson River Tunnel shutdown without the alternative that a new, fully-funded Gateway Program would provide.
More than 200,000 trips are taken through the existing Hudson River tunnel on a daily basis in as many as 450 trains. Rail travel below the Hudson between New Jersey and New York is already unreliable due to the tunnel’s aging structure and the extensive damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy; the tunnel will soon reach the end of its useful life.
A partial shutdown of the tunnels would lead to dramatically expanded commute and travel times coupled with increased congestion on public transportation, which would further burden already congested roadways and airports.
This will lead to increased business and consumer costs, job loss, home devaluation, and health risks.
Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
Chris Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Planner, Regional Plan Association
Christopher Jones directs research and planning for Regional Plan Association. Since joining RPA in 1994, he has led many multidisciplinary initiatives to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. He led the research and policy development for RPA’s fourth regional plan, a long-range blueprint for the metropolitan region released in 2017. Previously, he managed a federal Sustainable Communities initiative that included 17 cities, counties and planning organizations in New York and Connecticut. He has written many studies and articles on regional development and urban policy, including a comprehensive analysis of metropolitan housing, a series of reports on the future of Long Island, plans for transit-oriented and community development, alternatives for Manhattan’s Far West Side, property tax reform in New Jersey, and both national and regional workforce policies. Prior to joining RPA, Chris was the special assistant to the deputy mayor for planning and development in New York City.
Slideshow (in PDF format)
April 16, 2019