For more than 20 years tunneling and underground industry professionals have gathered annually in New York City to exchange information and stay abreast of industry activity at the George A. Fox Conference. The conference has earned a reputation as on one of the leading technical conferences for the industry. This year it will take place on Feb. 7 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
The one-day conference will feature technical presentations on some of the most impactful tunneling projects in the United States. Laura Mason, executive vice president, capital delivery, Amtrak, will lead things off with a keynote presentation on Amtrak’s efforts to build a new era of passenger rail in the United States.
In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit that will allow the Gateway Tunnel Project to proceed with construction through the Meadowlands and under the Hudson River. It was the final bureaucratic hurdle for the $12.3 billion project that will build two new tunnels and rehabilitate the exiting 111-year old tunnels. Construction is expected to start in summer 2023, once funding is secured.
The tunnel increases capacity allowing more trains to be sent to and from Penn Station, opening up access to NJ Transit lines that don’t go to New York. The tunnels are a key part of Amtrak’s high speed rail and Northeast Corridor upgrades.
To fully understand Amtrak’s future, one must also consider the company’s past, including many key assets that were built more than a century ago. The keynote will provide key insights into Amtrak’s challenges and opportunities as the company and its partners rebuild critical assets and transform American passenger rail for the 21st century.
Attendees will also receive updates on New York City’s DEP Shaft 17B and Shaft 18B project; the Frederick Douglass Tunnel Project as well as an update on the Hudson Tunnel Project from Kris Kolluri from the Gateway Development Commission.