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Trump pulls the brakes after $13B Obama-backed rail tunnel plan

Amtrak riders Board a train at Penn Station in New York City in an undated photo.

(Associated Press)

To have an Obama-era plan of the Federal government, half to Fund a $13-billion rail tunnel project ran into a red light Friday from the trump administration.

The plan, proposed by President Barack Obama in the year 2015, the revitalization of a deterioration in the Amtrak tunnel connection from New Jersey to New York City, repair of damage to a dual-tunnel-conduit, and the reconstruction of the New Jersey railroad network aging Portal Bridge, Crain’s New York Business includes reported.

Amtrak, the most of the track has tunnels and routes between Boston and Washington, DC, claims that the existing tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City is damaged and could not be within 10 to 15 years, rail Transport in the North East is at risk daily.

The original Obama-era plan called for the cost to be divided between the state of New York, New Jersey and the Federal government.

‘Local project’

But in a letter on Friday that the Trump management in New York and New Jersey announced that the Obama-era deal was now non-existent “not”, because the States recently asked for your areas of the first means for, causing the trump White house to be covered, which would provide loans from the Federal government-so of Washington, “a local project.”

“Your letter also to a non-existing ’50/50′ agreement between the USDOT, New York and New Jersey. There is no such agreement,” wrote K. Jane Williams, Deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. “We think it is very helpful to a non-existent ‘agreement’), which directly address the responsibility for the financing of a local project, in which nine out of 10 persons local transit riders.”

“We think it is very helpful to a non-existent ‘agreement’), which directly address the responsibility for the financing of a local project, in which nine out of 10 persons local transit riders.”

– K. Jane Williams, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration

The letter raises the question whether the so-called Gateway project is expected to be in a $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, the President, Donald Trump, unveil in January.

Gateway Development Corporation, the project overseer, made up of representatives from New York, New Jersey, and Amtrak, pointed to Williams’ letter as “posturing,” adding in a statement on Friday that “we are confident that the Trump management will share with us how the President is turning to the infrastructure in 2018.”

Tens of thousands of commuters

Proponents of view a Gateway as crucial for the revitalization of rail service in the New York City metro area, where several lines, including Amtrak, to carry tens of thousands of commuters in the city every day-in one of the country’s most important economic regions.

You will also notice that the States borrow from the Federal government for the financing of infrastructure projects is not unprecedented. Some claim that the Trump administration, the action is simply a political manoeuvre to keep the pressure on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a key supporter of the plan, Crain’s reported.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is one of the main supporters of the $13 billion Obama-era Gateway-rail-tunnel proposal.

(Associated Press)

New York business leaders were adamant.about the project the importance to the account of the economy in the region, which control a large piece of the US head-to-GDP, and sends hundreds of billions of dollars to the Federal government each year

Why should the taxpayers in South Dakota or South Carolina to chip in a railway tunnel for Jersey commuters who work in New York? Pay for the damn project from the sale of tickets or forget it. https://t.co/KkUWq4iwzI

— Scott St. Clair (@PiperScott1949) December 31, 2017

On Saturday, Crain noted that a “senior [Trump’s] administration has not been clarified officially,” that the project was important in the case of a dispute. The administration objected to the most, the Federal government will be used to supply means for New York and New Jersey, the shares of the costs.

The official noted that for other projects underway in Hawaii and Maryland, Federal loans, only a fraction of the investment, Crain’s compose reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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