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Lay train tracks in N.J. or new Hudson tunnels won’t add capacity, experts say


By Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for
on June 08, 2016 at 4:23 PM, updated June 08, 2016 at 4:33 PM

NJ Transit commuters won’t gain additional trains to and from New York after new Hudson River rail tunnels are built, unless two new tracks are also built on the New Jersey side, a transit advocate said.

During a May meeting about starting an environmental study of a project to buildthe tunnels, Federal Railroad Administration officials said the tunnel project won’t increase capacity to Penn Station.

NJ Transit officials could include building new tracks as part of that study, but the opportunity to do so ends soon, said Joe Clift, a former Long Island Rail Road planning director and transit advocate.