Groundbreaking held for NY-NJ rail tunnel work

Groundbreaking held for NY-NJ rail tunnel work

NEW YORK (AP) - A three-block-long concrete casing is being built to preserve a possible right-of-way for two flood-resistant rail tunnels into Penn Station in Manhattan.

Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia said the tunnels would improve the reliability, capacity and resiliency of Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.

Monday's groundbreaking included Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler. In May, they announced $185 million in federal Superstorm Sandy relief funding for the project.

The Sandy storm surge flooded four tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers.

It halted Amtrak Northeast Corridor and NJ Transit service into Manhattan for about five days. It also severely hampered Long Island Rail Road service.

The lawmakers are still seeking more funding for Northeast Corridor rail service.

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