Going from bad to worse: Penn Station’s massive tunnel system is aging rapidly

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vm/vmxuqswi9ql5wo8m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vm/vmxuqswi9ql5wo8m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vm/vmxuqswi9ql5wo8m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vm/vmxuqswi9ql5wo8m.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;d been assigned to write a story about Pennsylvania Station, but I wanted to get a caboose-eye view of the decaying tunnels leading up to it, because the only imaginable way the station could be any worse is if it were underwater. Penn, the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s busiest train station, serves 430,000 travelers every weekday&mdash;more than LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports combined.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As the gateway to America&rsquo;s largest city," Devin Leonard writes in his piece for <em>Bloomberg Businessweek</em>, "Penn Station should inspire awe, as train stations do in London, Paris, Tokyo, and other competently managed metropolises. Instead, it embodies a particular kind of American failure&mdash;the inability to maintain roads, rails, ports, and other necessary conduits."</p>          

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