NY, NJ ask $10 billion for tunnel

September 16, 2015

ALBANY – Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have teamed up to urge President Obama to spend $10 billion on a rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River.

“The existing 105-year-old rail tunnel has been deteriorating for years now and is well beyond critical in its need for repair,” the governors said.

The funds would cover half of the estimated $20 billion project, leaving the neighboring states to cover the other half. In a letter delivered to the White House on Tuesday morning, Cuomo and Christie said construction will cost “an extraordinary amount of money.”Website Insert Fleet for Sale or Lease copy

“To put it in context, in New York a new LaGuardia Airport will cost approximately $4 billion and a new Tappan Zee bridge will cost about $4 billion,” the letter explained.

“In New Jersey, the cost of raising the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate new larger vessels passing through the rebuilt Panama Canal is about $1.5 billion. The $20 billion scale of the Hudson rail tunnel project dwarfs all these state infrastructure endeavors combined.”

The pair stressed the federal government’s responsibility for maintaining the infrastructure, calling it “the linchpin” for Amtrak’s 457-mile Northeast Corridor route, which transports 750,000 passengers a day.

Read the full story from New York Post reporter Kirstan Conley by clicking here.



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