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How will climate change affect the region's transportation system?
(New York City)


•    Climate change places the tri-state metropolitan area’s low-lying transportation infrastructure at increased risk of flooding. This includes bridge and tunnel access roads, subway stations, tunnels, highways, and New York City’s airports. In addition to the risk of storm flooding, some coastal transportation facilities may be at risk of inundation as the sea level rises.
•    Many elements of the transportation and other essential infrastructure systems in the New York metropolitan region are located at elevations two to six feet above current sea level. Storms frequently produce flood waters that exceed six feet.  In the event of a category 2 hurricane, the Holland Tunnel would be inundated as seen in this picture. 

 


•    Bridge access roads, entrances to road and rail tunnels, and many transportation facilities are put in jeopardy by flooding, including all three of the major New York metropolitan region airports (La Guardia, JFK, and Newark-Liberty), the Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel, the Passenger Ship Terminal, and major arteries like the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn Belt Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike as it crosses the Hackensack Meadowlands.






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