Gateway Program trustees hold meeting on progress of rail tunnel project

The trustees who will monitor the Gateway Program rail tunnel project held a meeting for the first time Thursday.



The trustees say phase one has started on the three main pieces of the project. The first piece is replacing the 106-year-old north rail tunnel and the two tracks it contains. The next part will be the rehabilitation of the Hudson Yards, and the third will be building a new Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River.



The project is expected to make it easier to travel by train between New Jersey and New York.



"Pre-construction activity can start for the Portal North Bridge," says Gateway Program Executive Director John Porcari. "The first piece of that will start this year."



Porcari says the project also received a TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help start the construction.



Trustees say the Portal North Bridge is "shovel-ready" but warn that the whole program is contingent on President-elect Donald Trump's 2018 budget.


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