Trump Shows Sup­port for NY/NJ Gate­way Tun­nel Project

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: Ilana Siyance

On Thurs­day Septem­ber 7th, elected of­fi­cials from New York and New Jer­sey met with Pres­i­dent Trump at the White House to dis­cuss the Gate­way Pro­gram. The Pres­i­dent seemed keen to come to an agree­ment for the multi-bil­lion dol­lar plan to build a new rail tun­nel be­neath the Hud­son River. He ap­peared will­ing to have the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to pay for half of the costs, as re­ported by the NY Daily News.

Over a dozen elected of­fi­cials from the two states were present, in­clud­ing Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.), Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand (D-N.Y.), Gover­nor Cuomo, and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. “Noth­ing was signed off of­fi­cially but ev­ery ques­tion had a pos­i­tive an­swer. The im­pres­sion I had was it was as close to be­ing fi­nal as it could pos­si­bly be,” said King. Schumer agreed say­ing, “The meet­ing was pos­i­tive. The Pres­i­dent was re­cep­tive and wants to get back to us on Gate­way." A White House of­fi­cial called it a “pro­duc­tive meet­ing.”

“The ex­pense of the pro­gram, which ap­proaches $30 bil­lion, will re­quire a strong part­ner­ship to de­liver these ... projects in a cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner by stream­lin­ing the per­mit­ting process, us­ing in­no­va­tive pro­cure­ment tech­niques, and be­ing cre­ative in the fund­ing and fi­nanc­ing of the pro­gram,” said the White House of­fi­cial. “The Pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion re­main com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a ro­bust in­fra­struc­ture pack­age that will mod­ern­ize and trans­form our na­tion's in­fra­struc­ture.”

Cuomo and Christie would like to fund half of the project cost through the bi-state Port Author­ity, hop­ing the other half will be cov­ered by the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The Gate­way Pro­gram would in­clude build­ing two tubes un­der the Hud­son River for Am­trak and New Jer­sey Tran­sit trains to al­low for re­pairs to be made on the ex­ist­ing tun­nels which were dam­aged by Hur­ri­cane Sandy. The bridge in New Jer­sey over the Hack­en­sack River would be re­built. On Wed­nes­day, the House de­feated an at­tempt to stop the $900 mil­lion that had al­ready been al­lot­ted for the Gate­way project.

"We con­firmed our orig­i­nal agree­ment with the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion whereby the Port Author­ity would fi­nance 50% with user fees and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would con­trib­ute 50%,” said Gov. Cuomo of the White House meet­ing. “I also af­firmed that it was im­per­a­tive the project would have to be done us­ing de­sign build like the re­place­ment for the Tap­pan Zee Bridge, which the Pres­i­dent agreed was a suc­cess."

A source told the Daily News

that, "The Pres­i­dent was very com­pli­men­tary of An­drew — he called him 'the gover­nor, the builder,' and kept say­ing how im­pressed he was by the Tap­pan Zee Bridge — he said he wanted to work with him on one of the air­ports in New York."

King said, “The spirit of bi­par­ti­san­ship was there — the Pres­i­dent and Chuck Schumer shak­ing hands three or four times.”

The Pres­i­dent seemed keen to come to an agree­ment for the multi­bil­lion dol­lar plan to build a new rail tun­nel be­neath the Hud­son River. He ap­peared will­ing to have the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to pay for half of the costs, as re­ported by the NY Daily News.

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