The Gateway Program Development Corp. thanked legislators for passing New Jersey Senate Resolution 101 urging President Donald Trump to approve funding to complete the Gateway Program, including the Portal North Bridge.
“We thank Senate President Sweeney, Leader Kean and Senators Codey and Lagana for this resolution, as well as the entire New Jersey legislature for their unwavering support of the Gateway Program,” Gateway Corp. Chairman Jerry Zaro said in a statement. “Gateway is the most urgently needed infrastructure project in America and absolutely essential to our region. It is for this reason that we are so grateful to have such strong advocates in Governors Murphy and Cuomo, as well as bi-partisan support from elected officials across New Jersey and New York. GDC will keep working every day to do everything we can to move Gateway forward, and we’re fortunate to have strong partners to help us.”
The Gateway Program Development Corp. is overseeing $20 billion to $30 billion in infrastructure improvements that would enhance operations for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, both of which run trains along the Northeast Corridor through New Jersey. Chief Spokesman Stephen Sigmund said the organization updated the Hudson Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement for the Federal Railroad Administration in December 2018 and the FRA sent it to the Federal Transit Administration.
The Gateway Program includes the construction of a new two-track Hudson River rail tunnel from New Jersey to Manhattan serving New York Penn Station, the replacement of the 108-year-old Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River, an expansion of a stretch of the route shared by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit from two tracks to four tracks, the replacement of the Sawtooth Bridge in Harrison, an expansion of Secaucus Station, and an expansion of New York Penn Station.
The current Portal North Bridge opens to allow ships to pass along the river. But the bridge sometimes gets stuck in the open position, halting New Jersey Transit and Amtrak traffic. Amtrak employees manually turn the bridge back into place, using sledgehammers and heavy equipment.