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Gov. Murphy, Gov. Hochul sign Gateway Program’s Phase 1 MOU for the Portal North Bridge and Hudson Tunnel projects

NEW JERSEY –  Governor Phil Murphy and Governor Kathy Hochul Tuesday signed the Phase One Memorandum of Understanding required by the Gateway Development Commission Act along with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Executive Director Rick Cotton.

The MOU outlines sources, uses, and timing of funding on behalf of New Jersey and New York for Phase One Gateway Projects: Portal North Bridge and the Hudson Tunnel Project. Signing this MOU advances the Gateway Program to its next phase, which will detail the parties’ responsibilities with respect to delivery of the Hudson Tunnel Project and move forward in the federal project review.

Phase One of the Gateway Program is funded by a combination of federal and local sources. On behalf of the states, PANYNJ’s total commitment for Phase One is $2.7 billion. For Portal North Bridge, federal funding sources total approximately 60% of the total cost, leaving the States’ PNB Commitment of $772.4 million to be split by New Jersey and New York at $386.2 million per state. For the rest of the Hudson Tunnel Project, the States will similarly split the local share 50-50. The States intend to work with their partners and federal entities to aggressively pursue greater federal sources of funding for the Gateway Program through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Today marks a pivotal milestone toward the completion of the most significant transportation project not just in New Jersey, but in the entire United States,” Murphy said. “The Gateway Project reflects the importance of New Jersey’s regional partnerships and its alignment with the Biden administration’s infrastructure and transportation priorities. As we proceed with construction of a new tunnel under the Hudson River, we advance one step closer toward a New Jersey that is better connected and better positioned to reap the full economic benefits of our status as a regional crossroads. I thank Governor Hochul, as well as our Gateway Program partners, our respective federal and state delegations, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their support in achieving this next great step.”

“The Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project is vital to the Northeast corridor, and today’s announcement is a critical step forward in turning this vision into reality,” Hochul said. “By signing the Phase One Memorandum of Understanding, we are establishing the framework to get this project over the finish line and are making good on our promise to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure and create a mass transit system worthy of New Yorkers. I thank my partner Governor Murphy, as well as our state and federal representatives, especially Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Biden Administration, for their tireless efforts on this transformative project.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Governors Murphy and Hochul in moving this critical transportation project closer to the finish line,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “It is a project of enormous consequence for the many millions of riders who will benefit from it and it will be a significant driver of economic growth for the entire New Jersey-New York region.”

“The signing of this MOU marks an important step forward in making the nation’s most vital and impactful rail project a reality,” Cotton said. “We are delighted to see real progress being made toward a better, more reliable travel experience for rail customers throughout our region.”

“I helped shape and pass the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, so that vital steps like this one would be possible. Our goal was simple: to finally move forward with the most important infrastructure project in our country — the Gateway Train Tunnel. With the major federal resources we secured for the Gateway Project through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and with agreement between New Jersey and New York, we will finally replace the century-old tunnels beneath the Hudson River, improve commutes and safety, create new jobs, and boost our local economy. We know that if one of the current tunnels were to crumble, it would cost the regional economy $100 million a day. We also know that infrastructure investment can give us one of the best returns on investment. Today’s announcement is real progress in our fight to get the Gateway Project done — we cannot afford to delay,” U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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