John Degnan, chairman of the Port Authority, and Gov. Chris Christie kicked off the Terminal A modernization project at Newark Liberty International Airport yesterday. The old terminal A will be demolished and a new one built next to it. The new terminal is expected to cost $2.4 billion and take five years to build.
Degnan called it a return to the golden age of air travel; Christie called it a return to the Port Authority’s core mission.
The governor pitched this airport renovation as part of a total makeover of the region’s transportation system.
The new Goethals Bridge, the new Bayonne Bridge, the Gateway Tunnel Project, a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and LaGuardia Airport renovations are all part of this new vision.
And Christie is confident that the Trump administration will reverse course on the Gateway project and fully fund the federal share.
“Had a very good conversation just last week with Secretary [Elaine] Chao, the secretary of transportation, and I absolutely believe that we will be partnering with the federal government and the state of New York to build the Gateway Tunnel and that there won’t be any delays in terms of our current timeframe. And so I have confidence in the fact that the secretary and the president are going to make that happen,” said Christie.
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