NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Democratic senators from New York and New Jersey are calling on President Donald Trump to honor a dedication made underneath President Barack Obama to fund a venture to construct a second rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River.
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker spoke Monday close to Penn Station the place commuters have been experiencing the primary day of decreased schedules to accommodate a two-month restore venture.
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Booker believes if the federal authorities doesn’t fund the Gateway Venture, the “summer time of hell” commute will appear quaint by comparability.
“As an alternative of an issue lasting weeks, it’ll be an issue lasting greater than a yr,” Booker stated.
A second tunnel underneath the Hudson would add capability and ease overcrowding and delays.
Schumer stated the restore work at Penn Station ought to function a lesson.
“Why did that occur? As a result of they didn’t make investments sufficient in maintaining the infrastructure going,” Schumer stated, including that the challenge can be an financial engine. “There isn’t any higher method to offer center class jobs than doing development and doing it by means of labor unions which is how Gateway can be constructed.”
Trump has proposed eliminating a grant program that was to pay for half of the tunnel undertaking, which is presently estimated to value about $thirteen billion.
Booker stated it’s time for Trump to “put up or shut up.”
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