TRENTON, N.J. – Today the Assembly and Senate voted to create a bi-state commission to secure funding to complete the Gateway Program, a series of passenger rail transportation projects between Newark Penn Station and New York Penn Station. It now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.
“Hundreds of thousands of commuters are relying on us to get this done,” said Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, a sponsor of A5570. “New York and New Jersey have come together to fast track this measure so we can start moving forward.”
The measure forges a partnership with New York to create the bi-state Gateway Development Commission with the ability to receive government grants and loans to finance the projects. Any costs not covered by the federal government will be split equally between New Jersey and New York.
Considered the most crucial infrastructure project in the nation, the Gateway Program would expand service along the Northeast Corridor by building a double-track tunnel under the Hudson River, fixing the two existing tunnels, reconstructing the Portal Bridge and replacing the Sawtooth Bridge, among other improvements.