The Gateway Tunnel project that would create an additional set of railway tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey will likely receive the funding it needs now as the Department of Transportation will be allocated $17.8 billion in discretionary funding for 2018, The Hill reported on Monday.
The House Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year 2018 transportation, housing and urban development funding bill Monday night, legislation that will be considered in subcommittee Tuesday.
The measure would eliminate the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program implemented by the Obama administration and direct that money toward, "eligible projects for which the environmental impact statement required under the National Environmental Policy Act and design work is already complete at the time of the grant application review, or to projects that address major critical assets which have conditions that pose a substantial risk now or in the future to the reliability of train service."
The Hill suggested the description "appears to fit the bill of the Gateway Program."
Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Monday called on the Trump administration Monday to approve $11 billion in federal funding for the project.
"The Gateway Tunnel is vital to our New York economy, [and] is vital to the whole Northeast," Schumer said. "The tunnels that now go under the Hudson are old... and Sandy was the final blow. If they collapse, if they are not used, if they fail, we will go into a recession immediately. No one will get across the Hudson."
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