At one of the busiest travel times of the year, New Jersey’s Senate leader Wednesday called for a new train tunnel connecting the Garden State with New York.
Rail tunnels under the Hudson River are 104 years old, said Senate President Steve Sweeney, adding that they could face a year-long closure to make needed repairs.
“Shutting that tunnel down will have the impact of $100 million a day to the economy in a state whose economy has been struggling and that right now is 49th in the country,” Sweeney warned.
Without a new tunnel, he said, New Jersey residents who work in New York will have to move or travel over already congested bridges.
He’s seeking the promise of federal money for a tunnel because the state can’t afford it on its own.
Sweeney said it’s time for state officials to get serious about finding a way to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund that finances infrastructure improvements.