Menendez Statement on Hudson Tunnels, Portal Bridge Advancing Into New Starts Capital Program, First Step Toward Significant Federal Funding

Menendez Statement on Hudson Tunnels, Portal Bridge Advancing Into New Starts Capital Program, First Step Toward Significant Federal Funding


WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today issued the follow statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the Portal Bridge and Hudson River Tunnel projects into the Project Development phase of the New Starts Capital Investment Grant Program, a necessary step to opening up significant federal funding for completion of the Gateway Project:

“As Ranking Member of the Senate’s transit subcommittee, which has direct oversight of the New Starts program, I’m pleased that the Department of Transportation has embraced my calls to include these projects as part of the New Starts program.  I’ve seen firsthand the role New Starts plays in bringing public transportation projects to fruition around the country.  It’s time to put those dollars to work for the people of New Jersey and our region.  Entry into New Starts is a key step towards building new Hudson River Tunnels and a new Portal Bridge, and I appreciate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s leadership in prioritizing these projects.”

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