Amtrak chairman talks infrastructure with Trump administration

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Current plans call for the rehabilitation of the existing 106-year-old tunnel and the construction of a brand new double track tunnel connecting New Jersey with New York Penn Station.
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NEW YORK — Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia recently met with the Trump administration to talk about the railroad’s massive undertaking to build new rail tunnels underneath the Hudson River, AM New York reports.

The $24-billion project, better known as the Gateway program, includes the construction of a new two-track Hudson River rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York Penn Station on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and the rehabilitation of the existing 106-year-old North River Tunnels, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Coscia said the meeting with Trump’s administration was productive, but warned that funding is still not secured.

“I think it gave an opportunity for all the key stakeholders to sort of share their views and for the administration to ask questions that I think are good questions about the project and its significance and options for funding it,” Coscia added.

Crews are currently working on preliminary construction efforts and a comprehensive environmental review process is slated for completion by March 2018. Amtrak officials are optimistic they will have funding secured by then to keep the project moving forward.

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