Newark — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy today strongly urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to fully fund New Jersey’s priority projects in the bistate agency’s 10-Year Capital Plan.
“New Jersey commuters need the Gateway commuter rail tunnel and a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, and they need the Port Authority to stop treating them like second-class citizens because they live on the opposite side of the Hudson River,” Murphy said. “Every time a New Jersey resident flies into one of our regional airports or crosses the Hudson River, that resident is contributing to the Port Authority’s budget, and it’s time that New Jersey gets its fair share of the benefits.”
Approximately 115,000 commuters use the Port Authority Bus Terminal daily. Bus ridership is anticipated to increase 50% by 2040, greatly exceeding the capacity of the already-overcrowded current bus terminal.
The existing rail tunnels under the Hudson River support more than 200,000 commuters daily. The tunnels are over 100 years old and, according to Amtrak, are at risk of failure and overdue for a lengthy closure and overhaul. New tunnels would allow trains to continue to operate during these repairs and increase future capacity.
“The Port Authority’s core mission is to facilitate trans-Hudson transportation. Nothing is more vital to the future of New Jersey’s economy than the Gateway commuter rail project and a new Port Authority Bus Terminal. They are vital projects to our bi-state region and they should be non-negotiable,” said Murphy.