Speaking of the $6 Billion Gateway Tunnel Full Funding Grant Agreement

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Dear Editor:

What’s Up with the Federal Transit Administration Gateway Tunnel Full Funding Grant Agreement?

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There is more to do after NY Governor Kathy Hochul and NJ Governor Phil Murphy nominated Kris Kolluri as CEO for the Gateway Development Commission in order to move forward with the $12.6 billion basic new Hudson River tunnel or full scope $33 billion Gateway Tunnel project. After all these years, why has the issue of who will oversee engineering, contractors and procurement not been resolved? Will it be NJ Transit, Amtrak or the Port Authority?

To win a Federal Transit Administration $6 Billion Full Funding Grant Agreement, any project needs documentation that the billions in matching local share is secured, along with an approved Project Management Plan, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Plan (monitors that the contractor builds to the design and engineering specifications), Fleet Management Plan, Annual Force Account (Amtrak and NJ Transit employees who work with and provide support to third party contractors) and Annual Track Outage Plan. There needs to also be approved Title VI, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) programs.

All must be reviewed and approved by FTA to insure that this record investment is completed on time, within budget, built to the design and engineering specifications so that it will remain in beneficial use for the promised intended life.

Larry Penner
Retired
Former Director
Federal Transit Administration
NY Region
Office of Operations and Program Management

Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office