The U.S. Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Appropriations Subcommittee has approved about $2.5 billion to advance the Gateway Tunnel project as part of a fiscal year 2019 discretionary spending appropriations bill.
The plans for the project include adding a rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York under the Hudson River and replacing a portion of New Jersey’s frail Portal Bridge at a price most estimates put north of $20 billion.
The bill includes $1.9 billion to Amtrak for the Northeast Corridor and National Network; $262 million for Federal Railroad Administration safety and operations; $255 million for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement grants program; $300 million for Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair grants; and $10 million for Restoration and Enhancement grants.
The federal 2018 fiscal year includes $541 million in an omnibus appropriations bill.
Gateway backers contend the project needs to be done to support the economy and eliminate a single point of failure on the nation’s busiest stretch of railways.