Dec 16 2017
The announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie resolves questions about how the states would fulfill a promise to provide half of the funds toward the $12.7 billion Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project, among the country's largest infrastructure programs.
Chris Christie announced in a joint statement on December 14 that they had secured commitments to fund their share of the tunnel under a 2015 framework agreement in which the federal government will fund the other half.
Under a framework he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put forward, NY will provide $1.75 billion for the Gateway Program, New Jersey Transit will pay $1.9 billion and the Port Authority $1.9 billion.
Amtrak said the existing tunnel could fail in 10 to 15 years due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.
The Hudson River Tunnel project is critical to the regional and national economy, according to New York, New Jersey and Amtrak officials.
In the first decade of this century, however, construction was about to begin on new rail tunnels into NY.
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If one tube in the existing two-tube Hudson River tunnel fails before the project is completed, train service between New Jersey and NY would be reduced by 75 percent, according to Amtrak.
In the meantime, the commute got worse and Superstorm Sandy hammered home the reality that the century-old tunnels that carry more than 300,000 commuters in to NY daily were too old to carry that load.
"Under Gov. Christie, New Jersey has consistently been the last one to the table, both on Gateway and its predecessor, Access to the Region's Core", said Nick Sifuentes, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, citing the commuter rail project Christie killed in 2010.
Together, the three funding commitments will cover 100 percent of the local share for the most urgent, time sensitive elements of the project: the construction of a new tunnel and the Hudson Yards concrete casing, which total $11.1 billion of the $12.7 billion construction cost.
The governors, along with congressional members representing both states, met with President Trump back in September and tried to impress upon him the importance of the project.
NY plans to allocate money annually over 35 years to service a $1.75 billion loan, state budget director Robert Mujica Jr. wrote in a letter to the Department of Transportation on Wednesday. They believe the work is necessary to avoid the "disastrous scenario" of a closure of one of the two tubes of the existing Amtrak North River Tunnel, which would slow rail traffic to a crawl.
Dec 15 2017
Honoring fallen veterans with 'Wreaths Across America'
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Dec 15 2017
MA is the healthiest state in the US
The five lowest-ranking states are MS (50), Louisiana (49), Arkansas (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46). According to a new study, Oklahoma has shown some improvements in smoking rates and obesity rates.
Dec 14 2017
Google's Most Searched Terms for 2017: Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer
Last year's most searched terms included Prince, Powerball and Hillary Clinton, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Each year, we're always intrigued and excited to see whether everyone's top Google search terms align with our own.
Dec 14 2017
Rohit Sharma's 208*: A look at the record knock in numbers
Still only 30, this was Rohit's 16th ODI century, taking him past Sehwag to fourth place in India's all-time centurion list. For India , Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed three wickets while commencing 60 runs, whereas paceman Jasprit Bumrah picked up two.
Dec 12 2017
Allardyce: Klopp can moan all he wants, it was a penalty
He added: 'They had three shots on target, we had two. "And I think he's absolutely right". "That is not likely". Only Manchester United in 2002 have made more in Premier League history at this stage of the campaign.
Dec 12 2017
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Cline added that he had bounced some ideas off of Spielberg, but didn't provide any specifics about what the sequel would entail. Cline declined to reveal details about the sequel.
Dec 11 2017
Boult four-for helps New Zealand extend advantage
The rookie batsman could score only two runs off 10 balls before stepping onto his stumps while facing Kiwi pacer Trent Boult . Hope only made 15 before falling to Southee, while Roston Chase scored 12 before he was cleaned up by Colin de Grandhomme.
Dec 08 2017
Priyanka Chopra beats Deepika Padukone to become Asia's sexiest woman
Priyanka may have a very busy schedule but she does have time to acknowledge the recognition and the whole lot of love she gets. Not only that, but she is a phenomenon on social media too - now with more than 20 million followers on Instagram.
Dec 07 2017
Arkansas, SMU's Chad Morris agree to 6-year contract
Chad Morris has left SMU and is the new head football coach at the University of Arkansas , after days of speculation. Now that SMU program is going to a bowl game and I think they're in the top 10 in the country in scoring offense.
Dec 07 2017
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On Tuesday, two risky fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Burnt out remains of homes in the Bel-Air section of LA, destroyed by wildfires in 1961 during the dry season.
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