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Posted on: February 1, 2019

NJ Reps Urge U.S. DOT to Prioritize Gateway Down Payment

New Jersey Freshman Representative Mikie Sherrill, joined by a bipartisan coalition of House Members, including our State’s Albio Sires, Bill Pascrell, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jeff Van Drew, Donald Norcross, and Frank Pallone, has delivered a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao.

The letter asks Secretary Chao to adhere to the legislated deadline and award the $275 million already appropriated by Congress to fund urgent Amtrak Northeast Corridor (NEC) improvements. The letter’s signatories note, “Our constituents are a significant part of the 780,000 commuter trips and 40,000 intercity trips that the NEC supports every single day.  … Any delay (in the disbursement of the funds) will only make a dire infrastructure situation worse and further jeopardize many vital infrastructure projects along the NEC. The NEC is known to support businesses along its length that together generate 30% of all U.S. jobs and contribute $3 trillion annually to our economy.”

Your New Jersey State League of Municipalities, a member of the Northeast Corridor Coalition, has advocated for NEC improvements for many years. The deterioration of our rail infrastructure, including the decaying Hudson River tunnels, is a national disgrace, a physical danger, and a threat to America’s economy.

We commend the Members of our Congressional delegation–past and present–who have struggled to ensure Federal support for the repair and modernization of this vital transportation link. Please thank your Representatives for their attention to this crisis. Let them know that you appreciate their timely advocacy.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x121.


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