July 6, 2017
“The release of the Draft EIS for the Gateway Hudson River Tunnels is a welcome development in advancing one of the most urgently needed mobility projects in the nation,” said Denise Richardson, Executive Director of the General Contractors Association of NY.
“If the last few months of torture in and around New York’s Penn Station have painfully taught us – and the next two will most certainly underscore — it’s that under-investment in the nation’s busiest rail hub can wreak havoc on millions of commuters and, in turn, on the regional and national economies,” she said.
“None of this should have come as a surprise. Decades before Sandy poured millions of gallons of salt water into the two existing 100-plus year-old tunnels and surrounding infrastructure, we knew they were inadequate and in desperate need of repair. We also knew that they were the most tenuous chokepoint on the entire Northeast Corridor and that we needed more than repairs – we needed additional tunnel capacity so they could be fixed,”
“Today, Gateway is the only responsible answer. The DEIS is a good step in getting us there. But we are also in desperate need of an iron-clad funding plan. We now call upon Amtrak, the Trump Administration, Congress and the states of New York and New Jersey to partner in a robust funding program and take all necessary steps to expedite construction of this critical project before this difficult summer becomes the northeast’s permanent reality.”
About the General Contractors Association
The General Contractors Association represents the unionized heavy construction industry in New York City that constructs New York’s building foundations and public works infrastructure. Our 300 members employ 20,000 hardworking professional and trades workers across New York State. In addition to New York City, our employees come from 702 New York State zip codes, as far east as North Haven, as far north as Champlain and as far west as Chautauqua.