EuroStar wrote: ↑Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:12 pm Does PanAm even have the money to fix the tunnel properly? It is quite clear that they did no preventive maintenance at all. Is NS likely to chip in for the repair? If not, I imagine MassDOT will eventually pay, but with all the bureaucracy it will be a while before anything happens and the temporary routing would last months if not years.I don't think its fair or accurate to say that PAS has "done no preventive maintenance at all." The west end of the tunnel is little more than a brick tube laying in mud, and more than a century old. Add to that the uncertainty of major modification for clearance, and you have a strong impetus to not fix what ain't broke -- until it breaks.
What's clear is that PAR, NS, and the state all have an interest in upgrading the tunnel for safety and capacity reasons. Do they fix just enough to open the tunnel now, with the idea of raising the roof in the near future? Or do they do a long-lasting patch, like when they inserted a concrete arch in the 1970s?