Transportation Secretary Buttigieg wants Gateway tunnel back on track

The long-stalled project would build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he is committed to getting the long-stalled Gateway tunnel project back on track, first by completing an environmental impact study by June that initially delayed the project.

Buttigieg told the House Transportation Committee it is a regional issue with national significance, echoing transportation advocates and elected officials, who have said for years that if the Hudson River tunnels fail the entire U.S. economy would be affected.

The project would build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, allowing existing tubes to be closed to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy nearly a decade ago.

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