New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged federal partnership in the Gateway Program Development Corp. project to replace the 108-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York City and the 108-year-old Portal Bridge in New Jersey.
Murphy spoke at a panel discussion hosted by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics on the importance of infrastructure investments. He was joined by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
“In a state as dense as New Jersey – and a state reliant upon safe and modern transportation infrastructure – it is vital to make investments to keep our roads and bridges in good repair,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “Our economy relies upon the ability of our residents to get to their jobs and to school, and then back home at the end of the day. Outdated infrastructure is a national problem that requires a strong federal partner to help solve, and I will continue working with our Congressional delegation to press the federal government for greater support and assistance – whether it pertains to water, or getting the Gateway Program built.”
The nonprofit Gateway Program Development Corp. is leading the planning of the $20 billion-plus infrastructure project. The Portal Bridge spans the Hackensack River between Secaucus and Kearny, and opens to allow ships to pass on the river. The bridge regularly becomes stuck, which halts trains from Boston to Washington, D.C.
More than 200,000 people travel through the tunnels and across the bridge each day.