Hopeful Signs of Progress on Rails

The Story

President Trump met with top New York and New Jersey officials last week to discuss restarting the Gateway Project, the proposed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. No infrastructure project is as important to the continued prosperity of the region. Described as productive, the meeting offers a hopeful sign for breaking through the partisan logjam that has slowed down progress on Gateway up to now.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Neglect: Amtrak has neglected vital maintenance of the cross-Hudson rails while subsidizing money-losing national rail service. Read more.

  2. Commute: Almost 100,000 New Jersey residents commute by train into Manhattan daily. Read more.

  3. Pre-modern: The North River Tunnel, consisting of two tubes built in 1910 and severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, is the only passenger rail link connecting the Northeast Corridor to the rest of the country. Read more.

“This project is a win-win for the environment and economy...we will see millions of tons of air pollution reductions as well as major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Jeff Tittel, director New Jersey Sierra Club

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Reinventing the Port Authority By Dick Netzer (Summer 1996)

“A relic of the days when bigger was better, the Port Authority should now do what it does best—and dump the rest.”

Featured Event

Brooklyn Book Festival presents:
The Problems and Promise of Cities
Featuring Kay Hymowitz
City Journal contributing editor and author of The New Brooklyn 
2:00pm | September 17, 2017
New York, NY


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