Representative Malinowski Meets with DOT Secretary Buttigieg to Discuss Gateway Program and Shared Priorities
(Somerville, NJ) Today, Representative Tom Malinowski met with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to discuss the Gateway Program and the need to invest in America’s rail infrastructure. Representative Malinowski, Secretary Buttigieg, senior Amtrak officials, and a bicameral congressional delegation from New Jersey and New York rode a special observation train together from Newark Penn Station to New York Penn Station, and later met to discuss Gateway and other shared transportation priorities. The Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration were also in attendance. See Representative Malinowski’s remarks from the press conference here.
“Secretary Buttigieg recognizes the urgent need to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River,” said Representative Malinowski. “I’m grateful for his partnership in clearing the remaining obstacles to Gateway and working hard to pass an infrastructure bill that will fund the project on an accelerated timeline.”
“Representative Malinowski has been a relentless advocate for the Hudson Tunnel and for New Jersey’s commuters, and we are going to keep working together on transportation issues important to his constituents,” said Secretary Buttigieg.
In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Record of Decision on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Hudson Tunnel portion of the Gateway Program, a critically important milestone. Since coming to Congress, Representative 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 than $800 million was formally secured earlier this year.