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Trump Scraps Obama-era Plan to Help Fund Amtrak Project

Trump Scraps Obama-era Plan to Help Fund Amtrak Project
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By    |   Sunday, 31 December 2017 09:27 PM

A $13 billion spending plan for the federal government to help fund an Amtrak project between New York and New Jersey has been scrapped by the Trump administration, the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday.

The Obama administration had agreed with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to split the cost of the project, which was to build an Amtrak tunnel connecting New Jersey to Penn Station in New York City.

The current single tunnel, which has some 600,000 commuters a day, is known to be rapidly deteriorating.

However, Crain's New York Business reported that it had obtained a letter from the Trump administration's Federal Transit Administration saying that the deal does not exist.

"Your letter also references a non-existent '50/50' agreement between [the Department of Transportation], New York, and New Jersey. There is no such agreement," wrote Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. "We consider it unhelpful to reference a non-existent 'agreement' rather than directly address the responsibility for funding a local project where nine out of 10 passengers are local transit riders."

However, Gateway, the development corporation created to carry out the project, downplayed the letter.

"There is no more urgent infrastructure project than Gateway, and posturing aside, we are confident that the Trump administration will engage with us as the president turns to infrastructure in 2018," the agency said in a statement.

Crain's pointed out that the Trump administration's strategy is most likely to fold the project, whose greatest backer in Washington is Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, into the president's massive infrastructure plan he is promising to release soon.

That would then force Schumer, the thinking goes, to make sure he delivers the Democratic votes necessary to pass Trump's overall plan.

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