Congressmen back Amtrak’s bid for trans-Hudson tunnel funds

WASHINGTON – Several members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation have written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of Amtrak’s requested funding for components of a new trans-Hudson tunnel.

Democratic lawmakers including Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and Reps. Steven Rothman, Frank Pallone Jr., Bill Pascrell Jr., Albio Sires, Rush Holt, and Robert Andrews, support Amtrak’s bid for funds rejected earlier this year by Florida.

They said that $2 billion in high-speed rail funding is available as a result of the decision in Florida. The lawmakers want the funds to go toward the Gateway Project that would include construction of a replacement for the Portal Bridge, as well as preliminary engineering and other work on a new tunnel.

Amtrak has applied for $570 million for the replacement of the more than 100-year-old Portal Bridge. In addition, Amtrak has  applied for $188 million for preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for the Gateway Project.  Congressmen back Amtrak’s bid for trans-Hudson tunnel funds