After roughly a decade of delays, construction on a new Gateway tunnel could begin as early as next year. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday toured the old tunnels with New Jersey and New York federal lawmakers, riding a train from Newark Penn Station to New York Penn Station. Buttigieg told the congressional members that both he and President Biden are committed to getting the Gateway project done.
Federal agencies have approved the new tunnel’s environmental impact study; funding for the $11.6 billion plan is expected to be included in a bipartisan infrastructure bill. A little less than $10 billion would go toward the tunnel construction while the rest would go toward rehabilitating the 110-year-old existing tunnels under the Hudson River. It’s an about-face from the Trump administration’s stance, which lawmakers said was holding the project hostage.