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November 12, 2015
Local Leaders Laud Gateway Progress
Thanks to the tireless stewardship of Senator Corey Booker
and the willingness of key leaders from New Jersey and New York - most
notably Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo - to put
partisanship aside, we are pleased to see a significant step forward for
the vital Gateway Project.
Governors Christie and Cuomo, Senator Booker and New
York’s Senator Charles Schumer have issued a joint statement announcing
that State and Federal officials have agreed to create a development
corporation to oversee the project. Based on that understanding, Federal
officials have committed to funding at least half of the estimated $20
billion that will be needed to complete the Gateway tunnel project.
The project would allow continued rail traffic between Newark and
Mid-town Manhattan during badly needed repairs on the existing, 105
year-old concrete and steel tubes. Ultimately, the project, slated for
completion by 2030, would double capacity under the Hudson River.
Back in September, in a joint letter to President Obama,
the Governors had committed to funding 50% of the costs, provided the
Federal government agreed to pledge the balance. The arrangement,
announced today, was worked out with State officials in conjunction
with Senators Booker and Schumer, U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony
Foxx and Amtrak CEO Anthony Coscia.
“We are extremely grateful to Senator Booker for his work
in advancing this crucial project,” said League of Municipalities’
President and Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler. “I went down to
Washington, back in May, at Senator Booker’s urging, to speak before
his transportation subcommittee. I made sure they realized that the
economic case for investment in our long-term infrastructure is clear-
we know it will grow the economy, create good jobs, and position us for
long-term growth. The moral case for action is just as plain. We
cannot leave the costs of disinvestment to our children.”
League of Municipalities’ Transportation Task Force Chair
and Hope Mayor Timothy McDonough expressed his admiration for Governors
Christie and Cuomo. “They put the needs of the region above
partisanship. They showed the ‘Can do’ spirit that made America great.
And, along with their partners in the Senate, in the Administration and
at Amtrak, they made a commitment to the future.
“We hope a similar spirit will move officials in Trenton
toward bi-partisan action on our own Transportation Trust Fund, without
any more delay.”
For further information contact: Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or by email
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