Gateway Commission Moves Forward on Hiring a CEO

December 19, 2018---North Bergen--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo tours the North River Rail Tunnel that connects New Jersey and New York Wednesday night December 19, 2018. The North River Tunnels are a pair of tunnels that carry Amtrak and New Jersey Transit rail lines under the Hudson River between Weehawken, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, New York City. As of March 2018, up to $541 million for the Gateway Project, a program to build two additional rail tunnels under the Hudson River, was provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The Gateway Development Commission board has moved forward on the hiring process for a CEO.

During a recent meeting, commissioners were also provided an update on the Hudson Tunnel Project, emphasizing the substantial progress the project has made over the last year.

“We’re very gratified at the progress the Hudson Tunnel Project has made recently, and moving forward with a public process to hire a qualified, experienced leader in Kris Kolluri is another important step forward,” Steven M. Cohen, New York co-chair; Balpreet Grewal-Virk, New Jersey co-chair; and Anthony R. Coscia, Amtrak representative and vice chair, said in a joint statement.

“Once on board, GDC’s CEO will spend every day making sure the project happens, and we finally deliver 21st Century rail infrastructure into, out of and through New York,” the trio added. “We look forward to reaching a mutually beneficial agreement with Mr. Kolluri, and getting the Hudson Tunnel fully funded and under full construction.”

Additionally, Gateway Development Commission staff highlighted significant developments on the Hudson Tunnel Project since the Commission’s last public meeting. Among these were the improved rating for the project that qualifies it for federal funding, completing the regulatory requirements and permitting necessary to undertake full construction and the first direct federal funding allocation in the $100 million that was included for the Hudson Tunnel Project in the President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2023 budget.

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