NEW YORK – The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) board voted to make the GDC the project sponsor for the complete Hudson Tunnel Project.
Officials said the move is a critical milestone in receiving the billions of dollars in federal taxpayer money it needs.
The Project Sponsor is responsible for overseeing and completing the project on time and within budget, applying for and receiving Federal loans, and ensuring that the project meets all of its responsibilities under Federal requirements.
With the Commission’s resolution, the GDC will now work with the current Project Sponsor, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to officially notify the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the change and take the necessary actions to complete the transfer of sponsorship.
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WASHINGTON – Amtrak is expanding its comprehensive rail security efforts to provide increased right of way (ROW) protection to detect and deter terrorists seeking to derail passenger trains, testified Amtrak Chief of Police John O’Connor before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
WASHINGTON – Public comments are being sought for a project to replace, repair, or retain a 96-year-old railroad bridge on the heavily congested Northeast Corridor connecting the Newark, N.J., and New York. The Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey Transit will jointly prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS), in cooperation with Amtrak, to study improvements to enhance capacity and operation of the Amtrak-owned Portal Bridge that spans the Hackensack River. Originally constructed in 1910, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, officials say. “Because of the bridge’s critical role in the successful operation of the Northeast Corridor,