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Around the Horn

Gateway Tunnel could begin construction in 2019

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I'm surprised by how under the radar this announcement is, given its importance...

 

The Gateway project (which includes the new 4 track Portal Bridge and Gateway tunnel) has been put on the "fast track" for environmental permitting and review, and is expected to have all federal, state and local funding secured by 2018. The Portal Bridge is expected to begin construction in 2018 with the tunnel construction beginning in 2019.

 

NJ.com "New Hudson River rail tunnel could be funded by 2019" (http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/10/schumer_new_hudson_river_rail_tunnel_could_be_fund.html)

Federal financing could be in place in two years to build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River that would augment the crumbling 106-year old rail tunnels used daily by commuters, said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

 

Agreements for federal funding of the Gateway Project could be in place by 2019, with construction starting shortly after then, Schumer said at a press conference with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez , D-N.J., Amtrak and Port Authority officials Friday morning

 

Daily News "Hudson River tunnel project receives federal funding" (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hudson-river-tunnel-project-receives-federal-funding-article-1.2831151)

 

The new tunnel and the replacement of the Portal Bridge in New Jersey — parts of the overall Gateway project to improve trans-Hudson commuting — will get federal grants.

Meanwhile, the states and Amtrak, which owns the Hudson River tunnel, have access to a $35 billion program for low-interest loans to cover its portion of the bill.

There will also be a speedy environmental review to get construction started sooner, as early as 2019.

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I wonder if I'll ever get to see this project get completed during my lifetime but it is the (MTA). Sandy already delayed the start of construction for this project let's hope there aren't any more delays.

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I wonder if I'll ever get to see this project get completed during my lifetime but it is the (MTA). Sandy already delayed the start of construction for this project let's hope there aren't any more delays.

 

conventional estimates say 10 years from now. With this development, this project will be happening.

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10 years is a helluva long time for something that we literally need right now lol. Gateway and associated projects should have been a MUCH higher priority ever since ARC was cancelled. The fact that it took them 6 years to make a solid announcement on anything, only to say construction would start 9 years after ARC was cancelled is grossly representative of the dysfunction we have in our governing systems.

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10 years is a helluva long time for something that we literally need right now lol. Gateway and associated projects should have been a MUCH higher priority ever since ARC was cancelled. The fact that it took them 6 years to make a solid announcement on anything, only to say construction would start 9 years after ARC was cancelled is grossly representative of the dysfunction we have in our governing systems.

To put that into perspective, an average person lives about 75 years. 9 years is 12% (one-eighth) of a person’s life. Another 10 years makes a quarter of a person’s lifespan. Bureaucrats really know how to drag their feet.

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I wonder if I'll ever get to see this project get completed during my lifetime but it is the (MTA). Sandy already delayed the start of construction for this project let's hope there aren't any more delays.

 

The MTA????

 

You do realize that this is a NJ/Port Authority/Amtrak project, right?

 

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With this fat f**k still in office, there's more of a chance of this being delayed than it starting.

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10 years is a helluva long time for something that we literally need right now lol. Gateway and associated projects should have been a MUCH higher priority ever since ARC was cancelled. The fact that it took them 6 years to make a solid announcement on anything, only to say construction would start 9 years after ARC was cancelled is grossly representative of the dysfunction we have in our governing systems.

Not to mention possibly closing down one of the tunnels for repair work (off-peak?)

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If they find get him in trouble, he could get revenge by blocking off the Hudson River tunnels.  :)

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If they find get him in trouble, he could get revenge by blocking off the Hudson River tunnels. :)

Now, Union...

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