Federal Funding Shaky Rail Tunnel Project Pushes Ahead


01 Jun 2017 

NEWARK, N.J. — Officials overseeing a multibillion-dollar effort to build a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York and make other infrastructure improvements outlined the project’s progress Thursday, amid continuing uncertainty about key federal funding.

The Obama administration had committed to paying for half the project, with the two states splitting the other half. But President Donald Trump’s recently proposed budget could jeopardize the project’s ability to gain access to a federal grant program, officials have said.

They reported Thursday that work has pushed ahead on the two main components of the project’s first phase: the second tunnel under the Hudson River and the replacement of a 110-year-old bridge between Newark, New Jersey, and New York City that is a regular source of delays when it fails to swing back into place after allowing boats to pass under.(
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Federal Funding Shaky Rail Tunnel Project Pushes Ahead