"For years, this project had existed on paper or on computer screens – as a proposal or, maybe better yet, as an aspiration. But today we are taking a major step in transforming this vision for our region’s future into a reality," Gov. Phil Murphy said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the work.
The grants will fund two projects: one to increase the sustainability of NY Waterway's vessels and another to support construction of a new passenger facility for South Amboy's recently introduced aquatic service to Manhattan.
The effort – which is anticipated to create $171 million in regional economic activity – seeks to shore up infrastructure and supply chains by improving access and safety while reducing congestion at Port Newark.
Drivers could face a $15 toll to enter Manhattan below 60th Street under the controversial, "commuter-crushing" plan – beginning as soon as the spring.
The work – a key component of the Gateway Program – is slated to modernize and expand 1.9 miles of the Northeast Corridor in Kearny, which was built in 1907.
The effort is in support of Robbinsville-based #WhatsMyName Foundation, which was founded by the family of a woman who was killed near the University of South Carolina by an individual impersonating an Uber driver.
Founded in 2018, the high-tech service has a membership-driven model and is known for its speed and technology.
“After our work is done, we’ll reduce delays and speed up the trains all along the Northeast Corridor,” President Joe Biden said. “It matters for businesses trying to get their goods to market. It matters for parents commuting to work in the morning. And for folks trying to get home at night for dinner.”
"The Hudson Yards Concrete Casing will quite literally pave the way toward the construction of the long-awaited Hudson Tunnel, an integral element of the Gateway Program that will increase connectivity within one of the most heavily trafficked transportation corridors in the country," said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement.
“Think about everyone you know, including children with asthma and grandparents with other breathing and health problems – they will all suffer because of New York’s cash-grabbing $23 per day congestion tax,” said U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer in Fort Lee. “Our families will be lining up at the doctors’ offices, while the MTA lines their pockets with our dollars.”
The route is expected to be a boon to the region, moving more than 1,000 daily riders during the week, and eventually some 500 people over the weekends.
Recommendations include designating new, preferred routes for these large vehicles that will, whenever possible, limit their time on roadways and in residential neighborhoods.