STATE – Officials announced that $185 million in federal funds are being made available to secure the right-of-way for the proposed Gateway Tunnel which would increase Amtrak’s rail capacity between New Jersey and New York City.
“Hundreds of thousands of commuters need safe, reliable transportation across the Hudson River and our current transportation infrastructure is already running at full capacity,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ.) “We desperately need to preserve this right of way for the Gateway Tunnel to meet our need for safe, reliable rail transportation across the river and for the entire Northeast Corridor. That is why I have fought for a trans-Hudson tunnel project for years and will continue to fight until full funding is secured and construction is completed.”
The funding, from the Hurricane Sandy recovery package, will enable the construction of an 800-foot concrete encasement between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan to preserve the tunnel right-of-way as the Hudson Yards development project moves forward.
Currently, there is just one tunnel for Amtrak and NJ Transit trains to use to move between New Jersey and New York.
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