Officials: Full-steam ahead for rail tunnel across Hudson River

A $24 billion proposal to build a new rail tunnel across the Hudson River — alleviating pressure on crowded Penn Station — is making significant progress, federal officials say. About $10 billion of Amtrak’s proposed Gateway project is expected to come from the Port Authority, which is to provide more details as part of a 10-year capital program to be released this week. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, along with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), on Friday outlined several milestones recently reached in the project, and to urge the next presidential administration to keep the momentum going until the project is complete. “I have always known that I would not be around to see the finished product as secretary, but through hard work and tireless focus we are laying that foundation in the grand rebirth of one of America’s great corridors,” Foxx said at a news conference in Penn Station. “We do not have time to waste. We have to get this done.”

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