New Jersey lawmakers to hear from Amtrak exec on tunnel woes

    New Jersey lawmakers are expected to hear from an Amtrak executive about what’s being done to push along a project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

    Stephen Gardner is scheduled to speak before a Senate Legislative Oversight Committee in Trenton on Monday. He’s expected to talk about recent electrical problems in the existing rail tunnel that caused delays on several days at the end of last month.

    Gardner is Amtrak’s vice president for Northeast corridor infrastructure investment.

    Amtrak is gradually upgrading its aging equipment up and down the Northeast corridor but is facing opposition in Congress as it seeks more funding.

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    Its plan to build a new tunnel is estimated to cost about $14 billion.

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