NJ.com » Gateway Tunnel funding continued to move through Congress as a key Senate committee approved money for the project despite President Donald Trump’s opposition to the project. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $71.4 billion funding bill for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1 that includes at least $2.5 billion for Amtrak and railroad grants.
Hudson County View » A federal official in Bayonne last week said that the model used to fund a new ferry operation between the Peninsula City and Manhattan may be the best model to use when trying to fund the $30 billion Gateway Tunnel project. Gateway calls for two, double-tracked tunnels underneath the Hudson River between North Bergen and Manhattan to replace the beleaguered 107-year old, two-track tunnel.
NJ Spotlight » The threat to the Gateway funding comes from a group of 27 GOP representatives that is encouraging the use of a parliamentary procedure known as “rescission” to remove an estimated $541 million that was just allocated for the infrastructure project in a more than $1 trillion federal spending bill signed into law by President Donald Trump late last month.
NJ.com » U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is threatening to block President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Federal Transit Administration, claiming Thelma Drake changed her answers about the Gateway Tunnel project after meeting with him. Under Senate rules, any individual lawmaker can put a hold a nominee, preventing a floor vote.
Bloomberg » The powerful Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee scolded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for not supporting the Gateway rail bridge and tunnel projects in New York and New Jersey, as lawmakers from the region keep up their fight with the Trump administration over money for the program.