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In NYC, a $185M tunnel that leads nowhere, for now

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Photo - This photo made Thursday April 17, 2014, shows ongoing construction of a rail tunnel, center,  at the Hudson Yards redevelopment site on Manhattan's west side in New York.  Amtrak is constructing an 800-foot-long concrete box inside the project to preserve space for a tunnel from Newark to New York City that would allow it to double rail capacity across the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This photo made Thursday April 17, 2014, shows ongoing construction of a rail tunnel, center, at the Hudson Yards redevelopment site on Manhattan's west side in New York. Amtrak is constructing an 800-foot-long concrete box inside the project to preserve space for a tunnel from Newark to New York City that would allow it to double rail capacity across the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Taking shape on Manhattan's West Side is a $185 million, federally funded tunnel that leads to nowhere — for now.

The 800-foot-long concrete trench could someday lead to two new commuter rail tunnels under the Hudson River to New Jersey. But that will happen only if the billions needed to build them ever materialize.

The access tunnel is being built now because the massive Hudson Yards development with six skyscrapers will soon rise on top of it.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (SHOO'-mur) helped push Congress to approve Superstorm Sandy relief money for the flood-resistant access tunnel expected to be finished in fall 2015.

Two century-old tunnels connect Penn Station and Newark, N.J. Any kind of glitch causes delays for those who use Penn Station to ride New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.

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