Trump budget proposal raises concern over Gateway Project Hudson River rail tunnel

New Jersey officials say the effort to build a new Hudson River rail tunnel could be derailed under President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal.

President Trump's budget proposal raises concern over the Gateway Project Hudson River rail tunnel

President Trump's budget proposal raises concern over the Gateway Project Hudson River rail tunnel (3/16/17)

WESTFIELD - New Jersey officials say the effort to build a new Hudson River rail tunnel could be derailed under President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal.

The proposed budget would limit funding from a key federal program to those projects already under contract.

The Gateway project to build a new tunnel and make other rail improvements has already qualified for the New Starts program, but Sen. Bob Menendez says it's not far enough along to qualify for the funding under the budget proposal.

The tunnel is expected to cost close to $10 billion, half to be paid by the federal government.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the project's overseer, said cutting New Starts’ funding also would delay the replacement of the Portal Bridge in New Jersey.

A spokesperson for Gov. Chris Christie says in a statement that the governor “will do all he can to fight any federal funding cut to this project of regional and national importance."

The current rail tunnels are over a century old, and the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority says that if one of the tunnels were to fail, it would throw transportation in the region into chaos.

"It would be a total disaster for commuting between New York and New Jersey. And that is a distinct possibility,” says the Authority’s Peter Palmer.

Advocates of the Gateway project say delaying it even further could have monumental consequences on New Jersey commuters.

"One tunnel out of service can reduce capacity under the [Hudson River] by 75 percent and not one mode of transportation in New Jersey can absorb the other,” says Janna Chernitz, of Tristate Transportation Campaign.

Menendez says a shutdown of the Northeast Corridor, which would be a reality without the Gateway Project, would cost $100 million a day to the United States’ economy.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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