Amtrak considers new Hudson River tunnel
(AP) - Amtrak is studying whether there's a need tobuild a second rail tunnel to handle a growing number of passengersbetween New Jersey and New York City.
The tunnel would be built within 20 years and join thecentury-old Hudson River crossing and an $8.7 billion tunnel thatNJ Transit plans to build by 2017.
More than 1,000 trains arrive at New York's Penn Station from NJTransit, Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road each weekday.
Amtrak's master plan for the Northeast Corridor says ridershipbetween Washington and Boston is expected to double by 2030.
The plan says NJ Transits new tunnel is expected to provideonly "some" relief.