Gateway Tunnel Project Secures Final $6.88 Billion in Fed Funding

“Today marks a significant milestone on the path to ensuring the success of our nation’s most vital infrastructure project,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Gateway Tunnel Project Secures Final $6.88 Billion in Fed Funding
Federal, state and transportation officials celebrated the nearly $7 billion in federal funding for the Hudson Tunnel Project. In total, Gateway Development Commission has secured $12 billion in federal funding—the largest federal funding commitment to a rail transportation project in modern history.

NEW YORK—Federal and state officials joined the Gateway Development Commission Amtrak and NJ Transit executives on July 8 to announce the final federal funding in place for the long-sought-after Hudson Tunnel Project, part of the Gateway project.

The Gateway Development Commission signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for $6.88 billion in federal funding for the Hudson Tunnel Project and closed on Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loans from the Build America Bureau totaling $4.06 billion to fund the local share of the project.

With these actions, GDC has secured the entire $16 billion commitment needed to complete the HTP. This includes $12 billion in federal funding—the largest federal funding commitment to a rail transportation project in modern history.

“For a long time now, the Gateway project has been my passion. It's a labor of love. And after many false starts and obstacles placed in our way, Gateway is full speed ahead with billions from FTA ready to go and be used for critical work and construction,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “Gateway’s future is assured and the most important public works project in America is all systems go.”

“After decades of delays, the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project is finally moving forward. This Full Funding Grant Agreement will provide the critical resources needed to deliver an essential piece of infrastructure that will bring millions of visitors to New York every year,” said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. “I am proud of the work we have done with President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, Amtrak, and our partners in New Jersey to advance this project and I thank Majority Leader Schumer and the New York Congressional delegation for providing their support.”

“Today marks a significant milestone on the path to ensuring the success of our nation’s most vital infrastructure project,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. “Thanks to the leadership of our partners, both in Congress and across the Hudson, our federal government will be covering over 70% of the total cost of the Gateway Tunnel Project. As the main artery of our nation’s economy continues to be pushed to its limits, we are now one step closer to transforming the 100-year-old infrastructure under the Hudson River. New Jersey thanks the Biden-Harris Administration for delivering this critical investment so that our region’s transportation system will be able to support a new century of American leadership.”

The HTP will eliminate one of the biggest risks of failure on the Northeast Corridor by building two additional tracks and rehabilitating the existing North River Tunnel, resulting in four modern tracks between New York and New Jersey. The new tunnel will be in service by 2035 and the full rehabilitation of the existing tunnel will be complete by 2038.

The total $16 billion cost of the HTP will be split 70/30 between the federal government and the project’s local partners: New York, New Jersey, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The arrangement saves the local partners multiple billions of dollars compared to the original plan to split the project costs 50/50.

The FFGA represents a commitment from FTA to provide $6.88 billion for the HTP through the New Starts Capital Investment Grant (Program. This is the largest grant in the history of the CIG Program and the largest single funding source for the HTP. The federal government has also committed $3.8 billion to the project through USDOT’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program, $292 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Mega grant program, and $25 million through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Program. Amtrak is contributing an additional $1 billion.

The low-interest RRIF loans that GDC closed on will fund the local share of the project. These three loans, totaling $4.06 billion, represent the largest aggregate loan the USDOT has provided through the RRIF program.

Construction of the HTP started on both sides of the Hudson River in November 2023 and is expected to create 95,000 jobs and generate $19.6 billion in economic activity.

In New Jersey, the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project is building a new roadway bridge to allow for a connection to the new tunnel portal and an access point for Tunnel Boring Machines. In Manhattan, work is underway on the Hudson Yards Concrete Casing Section 3 (HYCC-3) Project that will preserve a rail right-of-way to link the new Hudson Tunnel to New York Penn Station.

The actions taken today also enable GDC to move forward with heavy construction and tunnel boring activity. Heavy construction will begin in the coming weeks with the Hudson River Ground Stabilization (HRGS) Project, which will stabilize the riverbed on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River to enable the Tunnel Boring Machines to excavate the new tunnel.

By the end of 2024, GDC will have awarded contracts for more than $5 billion in construction activity, including contracts to build sections of the tunnel passing through the Palisades in New Jersey and going through the Manhattan bulkhead under Hudson River Park, and will have ordered the first Tunnel Boring Machine.

“New York City is the economic and cultural hub of the nation. The Hudson Tunnel Project is critical to provide modern rail transit for the millions of people who travel to and from the city every day and to ensure the New York metro region continues to thrive,” said Alicia Glen, New York GDC Commissioner and Co-Chair. “Securing the funding needed to complete the HTP is a massive win for New Yorkers and all Americans. Construction alone will create tens of thousands of jobs, and the long-term economic growth this project unlocks will benefit the entire country.”

“Every day, hundreds of thousands of commuters travel between New Jersey and New York. The Hudson Tunnel Project will ensure these commuters have the reliable rail service they deserve, setting the stage for long-term economic growth on both sides of the Hudson,” said Balpreet Grewal-Virk, New Jersey GDC Commissioner and Co-Chair. “Finalizing the FFGA and the RRIF loans for this project is a key milestone that enables us to confidently say there is a light at the end of the tunnel for commuters struggling with unpredictable service.”

“The new Hudson River Tunnel will supercharge the rail connections across our region and to the nation, improving and expanding rail service in ways we’ve only been able to dream about in the past,” said Amtrak Board Chair and GDC Vice Chair Tony Coscia. “We celebrate this milestone today because of the many leaders and partners that came together for a better future. Thank you, President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, Sen. Schumer, and supporters in Congress, including the New York and New Jersey delegations, and our partners at the GDC and New York and New Jersey, including NJ TRANSIT and the Port Authority.”

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is a key portion of the transportation network along the Northeast Corridor that supports not only the region’s but the nation’s economy,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The Port Authority is pleased to have provided an important element of the local funding share that has resulted in the full funding of the project achieved today.”

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