Representative Malinowski Applauds Key Federal Approval to Advance the Gateway Program
(Washington, DC) After years of stalling by the previous Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation today issued a Record of Decision on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hudson Tunnel portion of the Gateway Program. The announcement delivers on a promise made by Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to Representative Malinowski, and represents a critically important milestone in building the Gateway Tunnel.
“The last administration politicized the environmental review to prevent the tunnel from being built,” said Rep. Malinowski. “Today, the Biden Administration met our request and took the next step in getting the project back on track. I thank Secretary Buttigieg, along with the leadership at the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, for continuing to work with us.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Malinowski questioned Secretary Buttigieg in a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing about the timeline for completing the EIS and secured a commitment that it would be done by June. Since coming to Congress, Rep. Malinowski has worked to get the necessary funding and approvals for all elements of the Gateway Program, including the replacement of the Portal North Bridge, for which more $800 million was formally secured earlier this year.