President Donald Trump

Jasper Colt-USA TODAY

Report: Trump Actively Advocating Against Federal Funds For Gateway Tunnel

March 03, 2018 - 11:05 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Gateway Tunnel project has been discussed for years in New York.

The plan includes the construction of a new rail tunnel under the Hudson, and is considered to be critically important.

A new report says President Donald Trump is actively advocating against federal money going towards the project.

The hope from many in the New York area was that because President Trump is a New Yorker, he'd give some type of preferential treatment, or at the very least special consideration to issues in the area.

Now, the Washington Post reports that during a ceremony for the Rev. Billy Graham, the president told House Speaker Paul Ryan that he does not want federal dollars going to the Gateway Tunnel project.

The project is a massive $30-billion plan that is highlighted by the building of a new rail tunnel under the Hudson. It would double train capacity in and out of Penn Station, and allow for high speed rail in the region.

Most importantly, it would guard against the potential disaster of the current aging tunnels from completely shutting down rail service in the area if those tunnels became unusable.

The question now is if the president's anti-Gateway Tunnel stance is a political move to use the project's funding as a bargaining chip, or if Trump simply believes federal dollars could be better used elsewhere.