U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) is lauding President Joe Biden’s (D) fiscal year 2023 budget allocations for the Gateway Tunnel and Portal North Bridge totaling $439,519,539.
Biden’s $5.8 trillion budget includes includes $100 million for the Gateway Tunnel Project that will help start constructing a new tunnel for the Northeast Corridor connecting New Jersey and Manhattan.
The budget also includes a proposed total of $339,519,539 to continue Portal North Bridge construction work in Secaucus next year, a project that Biden touted during a visit to Kearny that Pascrell was also a part of back in October.
“No state or region in our great country relies on its bridges and tunnels more than New Jersey and the Tristate. New Jersey and our region’s growth for the next generation depends on strengthening those avenues for travel and if we fail, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast can atrophy,” Pascrell said in a statement.
“Today’s Biden budget shows a farsightedness to our region’s destiny … The spiteful decisions of Donald Trump and Chris Christie set us grievously back, but under President Biden and Governor Murphy we are moving forward again because leadership matters.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation also hailed Biden’s proposed investment into infrastructure, explaining the expected long-term impact.
“The project includes the Hudson Yards right-of-way preservation project, a new Hudson Tunnel, and the rehabilitation and modernization of the existing North River tunnel,” they said in a news release yesterday.
“The project is part of the Northeast Corridor Gateway Program, a series of strategic rail infrastructure investments designed to improve current service and create new capacity. These funds will not be allocated to the Hudson Tunnel project until the project sponsor meets statutory requirements for receipt of federal funds.”