http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/nyreg ... oblem.html
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Nothing most of us don't already know - though there is a rendering of a possible replacement bridge, if they can ever get the funding (the cynic in me believes there will have to be a disastrous derailment with many deaths before anything happens)
Quick snippet for those that don't have NYTimes access:
"It carries more trains than any other railroad bridge in the Western Hemisphere, yet few people beyond those who rely on it have heard of it. It goes largely unnoticed, unless something goes wrong, which happens with irritating frequency. After all, the bridge is 104 years old.
Every time it swings open to let a boat pass is a test of early-20th-century technology that can snarl train travel from Boston to Washington, the nation’s busiest rail corridor. And over the years, since it is partially made out of wood, it also has proved to be quite flammable.
To the tens of thousands of commuters on the hundreds of trains that cross it going to or coming from New York City, the Portal Bridge is infamous.
Since the start of last year, the bridge has been blamed for about 250 delays on the rails, according to New Jersey Transit, which is its heaviest user."