Rep. Payne, Jr. Applauds Advancement of Portal North Bridge Project
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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. praised the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for its decision to advance the Portal North Bridge project to the engineering phase of the Capital Investment Grant program. This decision brings the project one step closer to construction. The new $1.5 billion bridge would be built to support faster, safer, and more frequent trains between Newark and New York City.
The current 110-year-old bridge transports as many as 200,000 passengers on 450 trains daily between the two cities. As part of the Northeast Corridor, the bridge supports traffic along the “most heavily used passenger rail line in the United States.”
Congressman Payne, Jr. has fought for government funding for the bridge as well as the Hudson River Tunnel projects, part of what is collectively known as the Gateway Program. He said the new bridge will benefit residents throughout northern New Jersey.
“I am pleased to hear that the Portal North Bridge project is moving along and look forward to the day when construction can begin on one of the nation’s vital infrastructure projects" said Congressman Payne, Jr. “A new bridge would create thousands of jobs for New Jersey families in a time of great need and ease congestion problems due to the existing bridge. It is long overdue for this bridge to be replaced and I hope to see progress on the other portions of the Gateway Program in the near future.”
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