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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Secretary Chao: New York, New Jersey Must Contribute More To Gateway Project

The Trump administration is calling on states to shoulder more of the cost of major projects as the push to improve the country’s infrastructure continues.
During a house hearing Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said New York and New Jersey need to contribute more for the multi-billion dollar Gateway rail project.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on President Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar-plus plan to boost infrastructure, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
She claims President Trump has urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to withhold congressional funding for the project, which would repair a tunnel connecting the two states under the Hudson River.
Chao says the president is concerned about the viability of the project and calls on New York and New Jersey to have more skin in the game.
The tunnel was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and officials claim it could become unusable in the next decade.
The president recently introduced his infrastructure plan, which looks to shift some costs to individual states while contributing $200 billion in federal funds.

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