Gateway Tunnel Proponents Hope Cutting Costs Win Approval From Trump Administration

Steve Burns
August 24, 2019 - 1:17 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Proponents of a new train tunnel under the Hudson are hoping that cutting the project's price tag will help win it's approval from the Trump administration.

The Trump administration announced in March that the Gateway project, which is looking to build new train tunnels under the Hudson was only a medium-low priority and wouldn't be getting federal funding. 

"Our governors Cuomo and Murphy asked us to take a look at the new project and trim costs where we can." said gateway spokesperson Stephen Sigmund.

Sigmund says that is exactly what they have done. 

"We had initially asked for 6.8 billion in a federal grant. That ask is down to 5.4 billion, so we think it'll be a more attractive financial package."

He says the money they're saving will go towards fixing up the two existing tunnels, which are both 108 years old.

Although Amtrak has also signed on to foot more of the bill, Sigmund says the Trump administration still needs to sign off for this project to be able to move forward, saying that it is "incredibly important to the nation's economy."

The government is expected to give them an answer by the end of the year.