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Hudson Tunnel Project to receive Full Funding Grant Agreement

The Hudson Tunnel project (HTP), a $16 billion rail megaproject linking New York to New Jersey via an underwater tunnel, is set to be awarded an additional $6.8 billion in federal funding, as part of a new Full Funding Grant Agreement.

The Gateway Program’s Hudson Tunnel Project aims to improve rail connectivity between the two East Coast states by building a new two-track rail under the Hudson River. The new agreement is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer wrote on X (formerly Twitter that “With the addition of a whopping nearly $7 billion funding I fought to secure, the feds are paying for most of the $16 billion project. It’s all systems go for the Gateway Tunnel.”

The HTP includes construction of two, 7.2 km long tracks via twin tunnels of 3.8 km length each, as well as repairing Amtrak’s existing North River Tunnel, which opened in 1910 and was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Tom Wright, President & CEO, Regional Plan Association said, “This is the culmination of years, if not decades, of hard work and cooperation – from partners and stakeholders on both sides of the Hudson River and in Washington, D.C.

“Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson and refurbishing the existing North River Tunnel will bring transformative environmental, economic and social benefits to the region and the nation. The Full Funding Grant Agreement is the go-ahead we have been waiting on for years, and we cannot overstate the regional significance of this news. Thank you to President Biden, Senator Schumer and the elected leaders in New York and New Jersey who have played such a strong role in advancing this. Congratulations to the Gateway Development Commission on this

The 10-mile stretch of the Northeast Corridor covered by the Gateway Program sees around 450 trains per day directly serves America’s busiest rail station – New York Pennsylvania Station.

“Daily commuters currently rely on an antiquated, damaged ‘one-track-in, one-track-out’ tunnel that is not equipped to serve our modern economy – especially not for a region that contributes to 20 percent of the national GDP,” an Amtrak spokesperson told Newsweek.

The new tunnel will ensure redundant capacity, meaning one tunnel can be taken out of service for maintenance without significantly disrupting the daily transit of commuters along the Northeast Corridor – one of the busiest rail routes in the U.S.

According to the Gateway Program, the Northeast Corridor facilitates 800,000 daily passenger trips and serves a region that houses 17 percent of the U.S. population and 97 Fortune 500 company headquarters.

Early works for the project got underway late 2023, with construction now potentially set to begin in earnest this year.

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