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Governor Murphy Tours Hudson River Tunnel with Legislative Leadership and Congressional Delegation

Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project

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WEEHAWKEN NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today toured the North River Tunnel with state legislative leadership and members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. The 108 year old North River Tunnel has been in disrepair and in dire need of replacement since extensive damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“The rehabilitation of the existing North River Tunnel and construction of the new Hudson Tunnel is crucial to the tri-state area, and in particular New Jersey,” Governor Phil Murphy said. “It is time for the Trump administration to prioritize the needs of commuters and our nation’s economy, and commit to funding the Gateway Program.”

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Possible Alternate NJ TRANSIT Rail Service To Penn Station New York On Monday, September 10

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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT is continuing to work closely with Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration on the investigation into Friday night’s incident in the Hudson River Tunnels. At NJ TRANSIT, the safety of our commuters and employees remains our highest priority. We assure our customers that, once the Amtrak repairs are complete and all the necessary safety inspections are made, rail service through the tunnels will remain completely safe.

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NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak continue to investigate Friday Train Incident


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Union City NJ, NJ TRANSIT apologizes to all of our rail customers impacted by Friday night’s incident affecting the Hudson River Tunnels.

“Fortunately, no one was injured and we remain in close contact with Amtrak as part of the ongoing investigation to determine the exact cause of the incident,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.

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NJT Delays: Amtrak Begins Track Rehabilitation at New York Penn Station Monday


January 7,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Monday  at Penn Station New York , the Amtrak Track Rehabilitation/Construction  get underway. This will affect NJ TRANSIT’s NEC & NJCL Weekday Train Service ,beginning Monday, January 8, 2018.

Service will be adjusted in and out of New York, and NJT customers are advised to prepare for delays and crowded conditions.

Beginning Monday, January 8 and continuing through Monday, May 28, 2018, service on NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) will be adjusted to accommodate Amtrak Track Rehabilitation work at Penn Station New York (PSNY).

During this time, NEC and NJCL schedules will be modified. Other train lines may have slight adjustments. New rail schedules will take effect on Sunday, January 7 on all rail lines except the Atlantic City Line. Please review the information below and refer to your schedule.

Train 3867 (5:17 p.m. from PSNY) will now depart PSNY at 5:21 p.m. It will NOT stop at Newark Airport.

Train 3122 (7:06 a.m. from New Brunswick) will now depart New Brunswick at 7:05 a.m. and terminate at Newark Penn Station. This train (renumbered as Train 5822) will no longer serve Secaucus or New York. Connecting service to New York will be available on Train 3124 (see below).

Train 3869 (5:32 p.m. from PSNY) will now depart New York at 5:37 p.m. and operate to Jersey Avenue only. This train (renumbered as Train 3727) will NOT stop at Newark Airport.

Train 3124 (7:16 a.m. from New Brunswick) will now depart New Brunswick at 7:11 a.m. It will no longer serve Newark Airport or Secaucus stations.

Train3171 (5:43 p.m. from PSNY) will no longer serve New York and Secaucus, but will originate at Newark Penn Station, departing there at 6:03 p.m. This train (renumbered as Train 5869) will add a Newark Airport stop, operate express to Rahway, and then make all stops to Trenton.


Train 3502 will now arrive in New York at 8:18 a.m.

Train 3441 (6:51 p.m. from PSNY) will be CANCELLED.

Train 3875 (6:47 p.m. from PSNY) will make ALL local stops.

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Trump Administration Official Throws Cold Water on Gateway Tunnel Funding Agreement


December 30,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, earlier this month Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced commitments to fund 100 percent of their respective share of the new Gateway tunnel. The agreement follows a 2015 framework agreement in which the federal government agreed to fund 50 percent of the project.

The agreement for a combined $5.5 billion states that the State of New York will contribute $1.75 billion with NJ Transit committing $1.9 billion and the Port Authority contributing $1.9 billion.

But the Trump administration through cold water on the idea on Friday . In a letter to New York and New Jersey officials, a top Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator Jane Williams signaled that the Trump administration would not recognize the agreement struck under former President Barack Obama that called for the federal government to pay half the cost of the project.

The letter stated that ,“There is no such agreement,” and “We consider it unhelpful to reference a nonexistent ‘agreement’ rather than directly address the responsibility for funding a local project where nine out of 10 passengers are local transit riders,”

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AMTRAK: Major Work to Impact New York Penn Station in January 

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Two A.M. Peak and Three P.M. Peak Trains To Be Affected On NEC and NJCL Beginning January 8

November 14, 2017

Ridgewood NJ,  Upcoming Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) will impact select NJ TRANSIT peak period train service along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) with scheduled service adjustments to begin on January 8, 2018 through May 28, 2018.

The work will mainly affect a total of five trains per day which includes two in the a.m. peak and three in the p.m. peak periods.  Of these five trains, one NJCL train in both the a.m. and p.m. will be diverted to Hoboken; one NEC train in both the a.m. and p.m. will terminate/originate at Newark Penn Station and another NJCL train in the p.m. will be cancelled.  Other trains may have adjustments made to the timetable or station stops, and customers are advised to check the service timetables carefully.

“While this impact is far less than what we experienced this past summer, we encourage our Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line customers to do their homework and adjust their commuting plans if needed,” said Executive Director Steven H. Santoro.  “I want to thank our customers in advance as we continue to support Amtrak’s efforts to renew critical infrastructure at Penn Station New York and avoid a repeat of the derailments we saw this past spring.”

The affected trains are as follows:


NJCL train 3216, the 6:11 a.m. eastbound Long Branch departure, will now depart at 6:23 a.m. and will be diverted to Hoboken renumbered as 2604
NEC train 3122, the 7:06 a.m. eastbound departure from New Brunswick will terminate at Newark Penn Station renumbered as 5822.


NJCL train 3267, the 5:25 p.m. departure from PSNY, will originate from Hoboken at 5:22 p.m. renumbered as 2609
NEC train 3171, the 5:43 p.m. departure from PSNY, will originate at Newark Penn Station at 6:03 p.m. renumbered as 5869
NJCL train 3441, the 6:51 p.m. departure from PSNY, will be cancelled
Customers are advised that trains prior to or following the affected trains may experience crowded conditions.

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Upgrades right on schedule, agency says, but there might be more work needed after summer is over that could affect NJ Transit commuters

The major repairs at New York’s Penn Station that have pushed thousands of New Jersey Transit commuters off their normal routes into Manhattan this summer are right on-schedule after the first month of work.

The steady progress means service changes that have been in place since early July are still likely to end soon after Labor Day. But with the aging station and its heavily used infrastructure in need of even more fixing up once summer ends, additional track outages that could again impact NJ Transit may be looming.

According to the latest update from Amtrak, the agency that owns Penn Station and has been leading the ongoing repairs, workers will need roughly another month to finish fixing up Track 10 and a part of the facility that includes a very busy section known as “A Interlocking.” While the workers still have “considerable challenges ahead,” Gery Williams, Amtrak’s chief engineer, said they remain on course to complete those repairs by September 4.

“Really, overall, we’ve had a really, good week,” Williams told reporters on Friday as the project reached its official midway point. “From the project aspect, we’re 50 percent completed.”

“We’re very focused on delivering by Labor Day,” he said.

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As feds equivocate, Hudson tunnel cost grows to $13 billion



07/06/2017 02:06 PM EDT

A plan to build a new passenger rail tunnel — and repair the existing one that’s now falling apart — will cost nearly $13 billion and could, perhaps, be completed in late 2026, according to a draft environmental impact statement released Thursday.

That $13 billion represents an increase over the original estimate of the project, which was routinely pegged by officials as somewhere in the $8 to $10 billion range.

The new estimates might be conceptual too.


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Main/Bergen and Port Jervis Lines Serving Ridgewood Spared Much of the Summer Track Work Mayhem

June 10,2017
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Ridgewood NJ,  In advance of the upcoming Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) during July and August, NJ TRANSIT has published new weekday rail schedules to assist customers in navigating the service changes and making their travel plans.

“More than 80 percent of NJ TRANSIT customers travel over a portion of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor at some point during their trip, so in essence, they are customers of Amtrak as well,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steven H. Santoro. “In developing this service plan, the safety of every customer was the top priority. Not only is this plan the safest, but it maintains the maximum number of seats across the rail system.
Main/Bergen, Port Jervis Lines Serving Ridgewood and Pascack Valley will operate on regular weekday schedules, however, connecting PATH trains at Hoboken Terminal may be different.

Printable versions of the timetables can be found at a new dedicated information portal at after 12 p.m. June 9, 2017. Weekend service will not be impacted.

To accommodate Amtrak’s track repairs in July and August at PSNY, NJ TRANSIT must implement service changes weekdays only between Monday, July 10th and Friday, September 1st.

NJ TRANSIT is strongly advising customers on all modes of transportation to remain aware of the status of the system by signing up for My Transit alerts, monitoring Twitter (@NJTRANSIT) and the website

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m., NY Waterway Ferry will operate special service from Hoboken Terminal to W. 39th St. in Midtown Manhattan every 15 minutes. This special service will also operate in the afternoon peak hours between 4:00 p.m. (W. 39th St. Manhattan) and 8:00 p.m. All of these trips will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes to/from Hoboken.

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Private companies wanted for $20B Gateway Project


By Vince Calio, June 5, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Amtrak and NJ Transit would use a new Gateway tunnel under the Hudson River. – (AARON HOUSTON)

Private firms will be sought to help finance and construct the $20 billion rail tunnel connecting northern New Jersey and New York City.

During its June 1 board meeting, the Gateway Program Development Board approved a move to solicit private construction and finance companies to complete the project under a public-private partnership model. In a typical P3 procurement model, private financial institutions would raise part of the money for a public project through a combination of debt and direct equity infusions, and then hire outside construction firms to complete it.

If implemented, the procurement model could pump several billion dollars into both New York and New Jersey’s economy, said the board’s chairman, Richard Bagger, during the meeting.