New York and New Jersey lawmakers keep saying the Gateway Tunnel Project is vital, not only to the region’s financial health, but also to the nation’s economic future.
President Donald Trump apparently doesn’t care.
In addition to radical cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps, and student loans, the president’s proposed 2020 budget doesn’t include any money for the $13.5 billion project and also cuts Amtrak funding that could be used to help it.
While supporters have long said the project is critical to the nation’s economic health far beyond New York and New Jersey’s blue-state borders, Trump’s apparent policy of punishing states that didn’t support him seems to be again at play.
Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen said in a conference call that New York and New Jersey would have to pay the cost of the project, according to a North Jersey Record report.
As The Record reports, the project would replace railway tunnels under the Hudson River that are more than a century old and transport more than 200,000 riders daily. The project was supported by the Obama administration, but Trump has been ambivalent, with some reports saying denying funding was seen by Trump as a way of punishing Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.
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