Nearly three years later, Superstorm Sandy is still causing difficulties for the transportation system in New York City (NYC) and New Jersey. Currently, the passenger rail that runs between the two areas is suffering from damage and accelerated effects of corrosion due to saltwater tunnel flooding and old age. The Hudson River rail crossing has been growing more susceptible to breakdowns as it was built in 1901 and in need of thorough repairs. In light of this, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer recently proposed the creation of the Gateway Program by Amtrak, which would be a nonprofit development organization used to plan and fund building and repair projects, according to Times Union.
Some of the plans include motions to replace the bridge over New Jersey's Hackensack River, construct a two new tube tunnels under the Hudson River and add major expansion to the Amtrak and New Jersey Transit rail terminals in downtown NYC, according to The Star Tribune.
Skift reports that by 2020, Amtrack will only possess around 25 percent of the vast amount it needs for these proposed projects. The Star Tribune reports that it is also not clear as to where this additional funding will derive from, though a spokeswoman for Governor Chris Christie said that he has made it known that New Jersey, New York and the federal government will all have to be completely dedicated to providing an equal funding solution before the project can go forward.
"The Gateway Program is still in the planning and design phase and a reliable program cost estimate has not yet been developed," Amtrak writes. "Amtrak has directed more than $300 million, mostly from federal sources, to the Gateway Program since 2012."
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