Today, New Jersey’s Democratic Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez joined Amtrak officials in announcing a proposal to build the “Gateway Project,” which would follow a similar footprint as the abandoned Access to the Region’s Core tunnel, which Governor Christie aborted last year. We had reported the possibility of Amtrak stepping in to salvage some form of the concept.
Amtrak says it will look for contributions from New Jersey, New York and government agencies to cover the estimated $13.5 billion cost.
The Gateway Project would allow 13 additional NJ Transit trains enter the city during peak hours.
“New Jersey is facing a transportation crisis,” said Lautenberg.
Our commuters are fed up with train delays that make them late to work and endless traffic that traps them on our highways when they want to be home with their families. When the ARC Tunnel was cancelled, it was clear to me that we couldn’t just throw up our hands and wait years to find another solution. I immediately went to work looking for new ways to get cars off our roads and expand rail access from New Jersey neighborhoods to New York City office buildings. Amtrak answered the call.
What do you think? Can Amtrak get it done?