Transportation head tours Hudson River rail tunnels, but N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s threat still stands

Written by RT&S Staff
Gateway projects
Gateway Development Commission

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is taking a closer look at the Hudson River rail tunnels on June 28.

The tubes were damaged in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo now says his state will not help pay for repairs unless another project is addressed.

Gov. Cuomo wants repairs on the East River subway tunnel to be expedited and not take over a year to complete. That tunnel also was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Originally, New York and New Jersey agreed to pay for half of the cost to fix the Hudson River rail tunnels, with the federal government paying the remaining portion. Last month, the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration approved the tunnel project.

President Biden and a group of senators agreed on a $1.22 trillion infrastructure package last week, and money in the measure could help fund the Gateway Project, which includes the Hudson River rail tunnel project.

Joining Buttigieg on the tunnel tour will be Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

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