Business Report: Reopening plan, tourism survey, Gateway Project

The Gateway Project has taken another step forward

The state’s business community is once again asking Gov. Phil Murphy for more clarity around a reopening plan. In a letter sent to the governor, the New Jersey Business Coalition asked for specific reopening benchmarks and data points. The coalition also wants to see an increase in, and new approach to, indoor- and outdoor-capacity limits. The coalition states that without a clear reopening plan, New Jersey will continue to suffer economically.

Even with business restrictions currently in place, tourists are eager to go back to Atlantic City. That’s according to a survey by Stockton University’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism. The survey found 72% of the respondents plan to visit the city in the next six months. The survey was conducted in January and February.

The Gateway Project has taken another step forward. Amtrak has awarded a $25 million contract to relocate utilities, a necessary step before work begins on the Hudson River tunnels. An official with Gateway Development Commission said he’s encouraged by the Biden administration’s commitment to the Gateway Project, but noted that approval delays under the Trump administration added about $300 million in costs.

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