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Expansion of single track Empire Connection to double track?

Posted by NIMBYkiller on Mon Mar 5 01:17:19 2018

Without explaining the whys, what fors, and in what worlds, can someone simply explain whether or not there is any way to add a 2nd track from the West Side line into NYP? Obviously the existing single track tunnel can only fit 1 track. Is there space along it's ROW to widen the tunnel for 2 tracks? Or what about a second tunnel? Did Hudson Yards construction totally block that? I read something on RR.net that apparently there had been a rumor that Amtrak has an easement for a 2nd tunnel, but that it would connect into either C yard or the WSY leads. Is this even physically possible given the expressway ramp from the Lincoln Tunnel or the depth of buildings in the area?

And say it was better for the 2nd track to access the same tracks the current Empire Connection track accesses, rather than those on the north side of NYP. Any way a second tunnel could be threaded through to access those tracks on the side side of NYP?


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