Hudson River Tunnel - Amtrak

David Sirota filed this request with the Amtrak of the United States of America.
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From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- Specific safety inspection, engineering or other reports and/or memos about the structural integrity, longevity and ongoing usability of the current Hudson River tunnel that Amtrak utilizes for its rail service. This includes any reports by Amtrak officials themselves, or any reports that Amtrak has in its possession from other agencies or consultants.

I hereby request such reports and/or memos from 1/1/2016 to the present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. IBT/Newsweek is an award-winning journalism outlet and these documents are of significant public importance.

In the event that some records are exempt or redacted, we request that other records that are not exempt or redacted be released. If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document
to which they apply.’” 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


David Sirota
(646) 867-7100

From: Amtrak

Please see attached.

Sharron Hawkins
Lead FOIA Specialist
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

From: Amtrak

Due to the backlog, the date will have to be extended to February 1, 2019.

Sharron Hawkins
Lead FOIA Specialist
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
FOIA Office - Law Department
1 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202.906.3741

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Amtrak

Mr. Sirota,

You submitted a FOIA request to Amtrak seeking information on the Hudson River Tunnel project.

The information you seek is publicly available at and .

If you have any questions regarding the processing of your request, please feel free to contact me at<> or at 202-906-3215. For further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request you may also contact our FOIA Public Liaison at<>. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, e-mail at<>, telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or fax 202-741-5769.

Pursuant to Amtrak's FOIA regulations (49 CFR 701.10), if you do not agree with Amtrak's decision, you may file an appeal with Eleanor D. Acheson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, within ninety days (90) of the date of this letter, specifying the relevant facts and the basis for your appeal. Your appeal may be mailed to Ms. Acheson's attention: National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Law Department, One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The President and CEO of Amtrak has delegated authority to the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the rules and compliance to the FOIA.

Rebecca Conner
Manager, Records and Information Management
Amtrak | 1 Massachusetts Ave NW | 620O | Washington DC 20001
Email:<> | office: 202.906.3215 | cell: 202.860.6507