ALBANY — The Trump administration on Friday delivered what could possibly be a crippling blow to the mammoth multibillion-dollar mission to construct a brand new rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River.
In a letter to New York and New Jersey officers, a prime Federal Transit Administration official signaled that the Trump administration wouldn’t acknowledge the settlement struck underneath former President Barack Obama that known as for the federal authorities to pay half the price of the mission.
“There isn’t any such settlement,” FTA Deputy Administrator Jane Williams wrote within the letter.
“We contemplate it unhelpful to reference a nonexistent ‘settlement’ quite than straight deal with the accountability for funding an area mission the place 9 out of 10 passengers are native transit riders,” Williams continued.
New York officers accused the Trump administration of posturing.
“There isn’t any extra pressing infrastructure mission than Gateway, and posturing apart we’re assured that the Trump administration will have interaction with us because the President turns to infrastructure in 2018,” mentioned a spokesman for the Gateway Program Improvement Corp., the entity created by the 2 states to undertake the mission.
Below the Obama-era settlement, the federal authorities was to pay for half the mission and New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority was to pay the remaining.
Williams’ letter comes barely two weeks after Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed a framework for paying their share of the $12.7 billion mission. It known as for New York to supply $1.75 billion, New Jersey Transit to pay $1.9 billion and the Port Authority to pay $1.9 billion.
The Gateway Program contains the development of two tubes underneath the Hudson River for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains. The tubes would permit for repairs to the prevailing tunnels, which Hurricane Sandy broken.