Gottheimer, King Announce Bill Demanding “Doomsday Plan” For Tunnel Failure
What Do We Do When the Train Tunnels Fail and We Can’t Get In or Out of New York City?
Ridgewood NJ, Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) and Peter King (NY-02) announced their new bill to demand an economic estimate and contingency plan for the “Doomsday” scenario where one of the two North River Tunnels must be shut down beneath the Hudson River.
The North River Tunnels carry 200,000 travelers daily and are crumbling after damage from over 100 years of use and flooding during Superstorm Sandy. On Tuesday, the Regional Plan Association released “A Preventable Crisis,” a report outlining the catastrophic economic consequences of a tunnel being shut down.
The bill would require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a report within 60 days that explains (1) the effects to the economy of the United States in the absence of the Gateway Program if one of the rail tracks fails in the North River Tunnels under the Hudson River and (2) the Department of Transportation’s contingency plan in the case of a track shutdown.
“Today, Congressman King and I are announcing legislation to force the Administration to give answers for their ‘Doomsday Plan,’” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05). “Our bill, when will demand answers from the Department of Transportation on how will the economy work? How will people get into the city and back home? What is their contingency plan if a tunnel goes down?”
“These tunnels are a vital and irreplaceable conduit for our nation’s economy. Ensuring its maintenance, safety and reliability is a national concern and responsibility. It is too precarious a situation for human lives and economic devastation. A plan and answer is needed,” said Congressman Peter King (NY-02).