On Monday, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was in Hoboken to participate in a ribbon cutting for the American Legion when I had the opportunity to interview the Senator to learn the progress of the Gateway Tunnel project, which would be one of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects if it receives federal funding.
The report originally aired on Hudson County View.
While on assignment for Hudson County View, a U.S. Department of Transportation official said last week in Bayonne, New Jersey that both New Jersey and New York will have to pony up more money to fund a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River because it is “essentially a local transit asset.”
U.S. Senator (D-NJ) Cory Booker was in Bayonne recently to announce with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and U.S. Senator (D-NJ) Bob Menendez the sale of land at the former Military Ocean Terminal for the development of new industrial warehouses. In the following interview with the senator for Hudson County View, I ask for the senator’s reaction to the money allocated in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for the Gateway Tunnel.
The new $1.3T omnibus spending bill breathes new life into the funding of new passenger rail tunnels under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey. Despite protestations from President Donald Trump that he didn’t want to fund the project, the new spending allocates approximately $500 million for preliminary construction for the new tunnels.
The Hoboken City Council voted on Thursday evening to acquire property currently owned by a ferry operator to complete a walking path along the waterfront. But the chairman of NY Waterway vowed that the company will fight to retain its property to construct a ferry maintenance facility, maintaining that any other location will require passing on additional costs to ferry commuters.
On Friday, the California High Speed Rail Authority announced in its new business plan that the total cost for the construction of a high-speed rail route from San Francisco to Los Angeles will increase to $77 billion, while The Hill reported on Monday that Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan has crashed and burned in Congress!
The passenger rail tunnels were built in 1911!!