• Amtrak Gateway Tunnels

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This forum will be for issues that don't belong specifically to one NYC area transit agency, but several. For instance, intra-MTA proposals or MTA-wide issues, which may involve both Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Other intra-agency examples: through running such as the now discontinued MNRR-NJT Meadowlands special. Topics which only concern one operating agency should remain in their respective forums.

Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith

  by Ken W2KB
 
GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION BOARD AUTHORIZES KEY AGREEMENTS
WITH AMTRAK, NJT AS HUDSON TUNNEL PROJECT CONTINUES TO ADVANCE
With Four SEP Agreements in Place, Organizational Architecture for GDC Oversight of
All Construction Contracts on New Tunnel is Completed. Initial Construction
Mobilization Continues. https://www.gatewayprogram.org/wp-conte ... .16.23.pdf
  by Jeff Smith
 
Work starting at both ends, and more money from feds: New York Times
New Phase of Gateway Tunnel Project in Hudson River to Begin

Work on the long-delayed rail tunnel is set to speed up this month, as Senator Chuck Schumer announces an additional $3.8 billion in federal funding.

Construction of the long-delayed rail tunnel under the Hudson River is about to speed up, as the project gets an additional injection of $3.8 billion in federal funding.
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This new, early phase of the project involves constructing a concrete casing for trains to pass through under the Hudson Yards section of Midtown Manhattan, between the river’s edge and Pennsylvania Station.

On the New Jersey side of the river, work is scheduled to begin, also this month, on the realignment of a highway so that the digging of the tunnel can begin. Plans laid out by the project’s sponsor, the Gateway Development Commission, call for two giant boring machines to grind their way through the cliff, under the river and into the bedrock of Manhattan.
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  by Ken W2KB
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Fri Nov 03, 2023 8:13 am Work starting at both ends, and more money from feds: New York Times
New Phase of Gateway Tunnel Project in Hudson River to Begin

Work on the long-delayed rail tunnel is set to speed up this month, as Senator Chuck Schumer announces an additional $3.8 billion in federal funding.

Construction of the long-delayed rail tunnel under the Hudson River is about to speed up, as the project gets an additional injection of $3.8 billion in federal funding.
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This new, early phase of the project involves constructing a concrete casing for trains to pass through under the Hudson Yards section of Midtown Manhattan, between the river’s edge and Pennsylvania Station.

On the New Jersey side of the river, work is scheduled to begin, also this month, on the realignment of a highway so that the digging of the tunnel can begin. Plans laid out by the project’s sponsor, the Gateway Development Commission, call for two giant boring machines to grind their way through the cliff, under the river and into the bedrock of Manhattan.
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The full joint Amtrak press release: https://media.amtrak.com/2023/11/majori ... to-mark-s/
  by Jeff Smith
 
Money money money.... money!: FRA.DOT.GOV
New Jersey/New York – Gateway Program: Hudson Tunnel Project Systems and Fit Out (Up to $3,799,999,820)

The project includes final design and construction of the Hudson River Tunnel project and rehabilitation of the existing 113-year-old North River tunnels. Construction will include installation of track, signals, traction power, ventilation, fire and life safety systems, and other necessary systems work in the new tunnel. As matching funds, the Gateway Development Commission (GDC) will provide approximately $950 million as part of a financing package through DOT’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program. For the larger Hudson Tunnel Project: FRA has committed an additional $912 million through Amtrak; FTA has determined a contribution of up to $6.88 billion under their Capital Investment Grants program; U.S. DOT has provided $25 million through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program; and GDC will provide additional RRIF funds as part of the financing package.

Consistent with the Inventory and NOFO, this Major Capital Project was Highly Rated and is therefore eligible for a Phased Funding Agreement. FRA is selecting the project for a Phased Funding Agreement with a total award amount of up to $3,799,999,820. Following selection, FRA will work with the recipient to establish and obligate the Phased Funding Agreement. FRA anticipates an initial obligation of FY22-23 funds under the agreement of up to $949,999,965, with contingent commitments from Advance Appropriations in FY24-26 providing the balance of funds. The initial funding is anticipated to be sufficient to fund the design support, design management, and construction management scope of the project.
  by Defiant
 
Does anyone know what the status of the state contribution to Gateway tunnel is? It is great that federal porti8on has been committed, but don't NY and NJ still have to contribute close to 50% of the cost? I have not read or heard that this was done...
  by lensovet
 
Did you read the message previous to yours? GDC is a local agency. Also, it literally says "Following selection, FRA will work with the recipient to establish and obligate the Phased Funding Agreement".
  by David Benton
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:58 am Money money money.... money!: FRA.DOT.GOV
New Jersey/New York – Gateway Program: Hudson Tunnel Project Systems and Fit Out (Up to $3,799,999,820)

The project includes final design and construction of the Hudson River Tunnel project and rehabilitation of the existing 113-year-old North River tunnels. Construction will include installation of track, signals, traction power, ventilation, fire and life safety systems, and other necessary systems work in the new tunnel. As matching funds, the Gateway Development Commission (GDC) will provide approximately $950 million as part of a financing package through DOT’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program. For the larger Hudson Tunnel Project: FRA has committed an additional $912 million through Amtrak; FTA has determined a contribution of up to $6.88 billion under their Capital Investment Grants program; U.S. DOT has provided $25 million through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program; and GDC will provide additional RRIF funds as part of the financing package.

Consistent with the Inventory and NOFO, this Major Capital Project was Highly Rated and is therefore eligible for a Phased Funding Agreement. FRA is selecting the project for a Phased Funding Agreement with a total award amount of up to $3,799,999,820. Following selection, FRA will work with the recipient to establish and obligate the Phased Funding Agreement. FRA anticipates an initial obligation of FY22-23 funds under the agreement of up to $949,999,965, with contingent commitments from Advance Appropriations in FY24-26 providing the balance of funds. The initial funding is anticipated to be sufficient to fund the design support, design management, and construction management scope of the project.
They must be worried that last $820 won't be enough.
  by Ken W2KB
 
The Gateway Development Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2023

GOVERNORS PHIL MURPHY AND KATHY HOCHUL, DEPUTY SECRETARY POLLY TROTTENBERG, THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION, NJ TRANSIT, GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT COMMMISSION ANNOUNCE HUDSON TUNNEL PROJECT NJ GROUNDBREAKING

Construction on Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project Joins Hudson Yards Concrete Casing – Section 3 in NY as Work Launches

NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg, and the Federal Railroad Administration joined NJ TRANSIT and Project Sponsor the Gateway Development Commission (GDC) to announce the start of construction in New Jersey on the Hudson Tunnel Project as work begins on the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project.

The Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project is a major early work component of Hudson Tunnel Project involving the relocation of utilities and the construction of a new roadway bridge for Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, New Jersey. The new roadway bridge will be located immediately above a new future railroad right-of-way, which will allow for a connection to the new tunnel portal at the western slope of the New Jersey Palisades. It will also provide construction access between the staging sites on either side of Tonnelle Avenue, as well as access to the entry point for the Tunnel Boring Machines that will dig the Palisades Tunnel portion of the project.

This announcement is a significant milestone marking the Hudson Tunnel Project’s start of active construction on both sides of the Hudson River. Earlier this month, work began in Manhattan on the Hudson Yards Concrete Casing – Section 3, an essential right-of-way preservation project that guarantees the new tunnel’s connection to New York Penn Station.

"As we break ground on this side of the Hudson alongside our partners from Washington and New York, we edge one step closer to making our bold vision for the Gateway Project a reality," said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. "Since the outset of my Administration, we’ve worked tirelessly to deliver the world-class transportation system New Jerseyans urgently need and deserve. By undertaking the most important infrastructure project in the nation, we will generate good-paying jobs, support our growing economy, and promote safer more efficient transportation for residents and visitors alike."

"After decades of delays, the Gateway Program is finally moving forward. The Hudson Tunnel is a nationally important piece of infrastructure and will bring millions of visitors to New York every year," New York Governor Kathy Hochul said. "I am proud of the work we have done with President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, Senior Advisor Landrieu, Amtrak, and our partners in New Jersey to advance this project and I thank Majority Leader Schumer and the New York Congressional delegation for providing critical support."

"Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we’re making a historic investment in New York and New Jersey infrastructure," said U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg. "The Hudson Tunnel Project will have a profound impact, improving connectivity and relieving a bottleneck in the busiest region of the country, all while creating jobs and strengthening the local economy. I’m excited for construction to be underway in New Jersey on this much-needed project."

Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Jennifer Mitchell said, "The Hudson Tunnel Project is vital to the region’s future and I commend the Gateway Development Commission and New Jersey Transit on the start of work. Under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are advancing it and other projects of national significance to deliver a safer, more efficient and reliable Northeast Corridor."

In a joint statement, Alicia Glen, New York GDC Commissioner and Co-Chair, Balpreet Grewal-Virk, New Jersey GDC Commissioner and Co-Chair, and Tony Coscia, GDC Amtrak Commissioner and Vice-Chair, said, "Today’s groundbreaking is a testament to the unwavering commitment of so many to the most urgent infrastructure project in the country. We are proud to celebrate both this momentous occasion and the leadership that trusted us to make good on our promise to begin work on the Hudson Tunnel Project this year. But we will not rest now. The real work has just begun, and it cannot stop until we have delivered for the thousands of riders who power our economy every day."

GDC CEO Kris Kolluri added, "Every New Jerseyan and every New Yorker will now see with their own eyes that we are building this vital tunnel. Today is a watershed moment, and GDC is grateful to the Biden administration, Governors Murphy and Hochul, Majority Leader Schumer, our entire Congressional delegation, and our Board of Commissioners for shepherding us through to this milestone."

"This groundbreaking marks an important milestone for the Gateway Program. While our Portal North Bridge Replacement Project is 30% complete and proceeding at an incredible pace, the Hudson Tunnel Project is the most critical infrastructure project in the country given our region’s role as the center of global commerce," said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. "We are truly grateful for the federal government’s historic and unprecedented investment in our metropolitan area’s public transit infrastructure."

Following a publicly advertised bidding process, the GDC Board made its first direct contract awards for work on the Tonnelle Avenue Project in September 2023. Naik Consulting Group, P.C. is providing expert professional construction management and related technical services for the Tonnelle Avenue Project, while Conti Civil, LLC is responsible for construction of the project. The Tonnelle Avenue Project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2025.

The Tonnelle Avenue Project is made possible by a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, for which GDC was selected in June 2023.

In addition to the early work in New Jersey and New York, GDC has made significant progress in recent months to advance other key elements of the Hudson Tunnel Project. Other major developments include the following:
o The Hudson Tunnel Project entered the Engineering Phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
o The Hudson Tunnel Project was selected for an up to $3.8 billion grant from the USDOT Federal-State Partnership (FSP) for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program.
o The Hudson Tunnel Project was selected for a $292 million US Department of Transportation MEGA Grant for upcoming work on the Hudson Yards Concrete Casing – Section 3.
o The USDOT Build America Bureau is advancing applications for Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loans to support the Hudson Tunnel Project.
o Five out of nine contemplated Hudson Tunnel Project contracts are in procurement or construction.
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The Gateway Program is the most urgent infrastructure program in the country – a comprehensive set of rail investments that will improve commuter and intercity services, add needed resiliency, and create new capacity for the busiest section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The NEC is the most heavily used passenger rail line in the country hosting more than 2,200 train movements and 800,000 passenger trips daily.

Additional Elected Official Statements

Senator Cory Booker said, "This is a day to rejoice for every New Jerseyan and every American as we enter a new era for the most critical infrastructure project in our country. Beginning active construction on both sides of the river for the Hudson Tunnel Project is testament to the collective determination—from the Biden administration and congressional leaders to state officials and other vital partners—to get Gateway done. The economy of our region and our nation depends on the Northeast Corridor and this project, which will modernize our mass transit, improve the lives of millions of commuters, and create thousands of good jobs."
Senator Bob Menendez said, “For more than a decade, no one has worked harder than I have to make Gateway a reality. From the earliest stages of the project, I’ve shepherded the Hudson River tunnels through the Capital Investment Grants process as a senior member of the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over mass transit, and have helped to identify and secure billions of dollars in additional federal funding. I’ve gone toe-to-toe with former Gov. Christie when he canceled the precursor to this project and former President Trump when he did everything he could to delay Gateway for political gain. While I’m disappointed I’m not able to be there today due to pressing work in Washington, I’m proud to see my years of effort come to fruition as construction commences on the New Jersey side of the river. As we kick off this new phase of the most important infrastructure project in the nation, our job isn’t done yet. I won’t rest until the Gateway project is complete and New Jerseyans have access to the safe, reliable transit that they deserve.”
"This is a great day for New Jersey and the 10th Congressional District that I represent," said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. "We have waited for years to get the political and financial support to construct a new Hudson River Tunnel and repair the old one. I helped provide $66 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support projects like this one and worked with the Biden administration to make this project the country’s top priority. The new tunnel will increase speed and reliability for the 200,000 travelers who use the tunnels every day throughout New Jersey and the Northeast Corridor."

"Our nation’s most critical infrastructure project — the Gateway Tunnel — is the result of key federal funding delivered by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, in strong partnership with the New Jersey and New York state governments. I was proud to support this historic legislation and will continue working hard to ensure that the entire Gateway Project is completed both quickly and cost-effectively to make New Jersey an even better place to live, work, and raise a family," said Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

"After years of hard work, this is a huge win for Jersey to finally begin construction on the Hudson Tunnel Project — a key step to completing the Gateway Train Tunnel. This project is a top priority for the completion of the Gateway Train Tunnel and it will help residents spend more time with their families by commuting on faster, more reliable trains, create new jobs, and ensure Jersey’s economy is stronger and safer — by removing our reliance on decades old infrastructure plagued with bottlenecks and delays," said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. "Projects like this are exactly why I fought to help write and pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill — signed into law by President Biden — and claw back critically-needed federal investments back from Washington to Jersey."

"The start of work on the Hudson Tunnel Project in New Jersey is a significant milestone for commuters in the Eighth Congressional District and throughout the region," said Congressman Rob Menendez. "Under the leadership of the Biden administration and New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation, the Gateway Program has seen billions of dollars in new federal funding, bringing our residents closer to a completely revamped rail experience. I look forward to continuing our work to secure further transformational investments that will reduce commuting times and modernize our passenger rail infrastructure."

Congressman Frank Pallone said, "Gateway is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the nation, which is exactly why Democrats worked to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It’s great to see federal dollars deliver the funding necessary for this critical project. Today’s announcement is another step forward to ensuring long-term reliability for thousands of daily commuters traveling between New Jersey and New York."

Congressman Andy Kim said, "Nearly every New Jerseyan will benefit from the beginning of work on the Hudson Tunnel Project, and we should be proud to see this progress towards local infrastructure that our state desperately needs. During my first years in Congress, I heard repeatedly about the demand to get this project underway. It’s why I’m proud to have worked alongside my colleagues to make sure we secured the funding to get shovels in the ground and our neighbors to work. I’ll continue to make sure that we protect funding for projects like these moving forward so that we can celebrate more days like today when we make real investments in our state."

Congressman Tom Kean, Jr., said, "Today marks a significant milestone for a crucial component of the Gateway Program. I applaud the beginning of this phase, and in Congress, as I did in the State Senate, I will continue to provide all necessary support for the future of Gateway. Together we are working to usher in a new era of regional connectivity and progress. Our vision for the Gateway Program will continue to be bringing transformative 21st century infrastructure to New Jersey."

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman said, "The structural health, revitalization, and expansion of the Northeast Corridor's capacity through efforts like the Gateway Project is fundamental to the region's and the country's economic future. Millions of travelers and commuters rely on rail travel every year and the bottleneck created by the Hudson River crossing has been holding us back. No more. The commitment by the Biden Administration and Congress through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will insure safe and efficient travel for New Jersey commuters who will benefit from these investments for generations to come."

"Today, at long last, we commence work on the new Hudson Tunnel," said Congressman Bill Pascrell. "In Congress our state delegation has worked every day for years to secure the funding to reach this moment. Efficient mass transit is so critical to the quality of life in our great state. All of us know the completion of a new tunnel is essential to the future of New Jersey and our entire region. That bright future starts today."

"The start of the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project as part of the Gateway Program is encouraging news for New Jersey and our entire region. This project will enhance safety, improve travel times, and create good-paying jobs," Congressman Donald Norcross said. "The Gateway Program’s investments in infrastructure will spur economic growth throughout New Jersey and the Northeast, and I look forward to its completion."
  by Jeff Smith
 
An aside before the post: this topic was created by me in 2012, and construction is just getting started

Project delayed: NYPost
NY’s $17 billion ‘Gateway’ tunnel project already years behind schedule, audit reveals

The Gateway project to build two new badly needed tunnels for trains under the Hudson River is already running two years behind schedule — even though it just broke ground, a federal audit shows.

Officials at the Gateway Development Commission have publicly stated that by 2038 they will have finished digging and constructing the new tunnels and then rehabilitate the two existing trans-Hudson tubes, which were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

However, the audit performed for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transit Administration shows the work will likely take until 2040.
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  by STrRedWolf
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:47 pm An aside before the post: this topic was created by me in 2012, and construction is just getting started

Project delayed: NYPost
NY’s $17 billion ‘Gateway’ tunnel project already years behind schedule, audit reveals

The Gateway project to build two new badly needed tunnels for trains under the Hudson River is already running two years behind schedule — even though it just broke ground, a federal audit shows.

Officials at the Gateway Development Commission have publicly stated that by 2038 they will have finished digging and constructing the new tunnels and then rehabilitate the two existing trans-Hudson tubes, which were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

However, the audit performed for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transit Administration shows the work will likely take until 2040.
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Two years? That's nothing. It was supposed to be done in 2018 in the ARC incarnation. It's 20 years late already!
  by west point
 
Time to speed up the project. Can we trust the North River tunnels to maintain ability to be used on that timeline? Another 16 years have to doubt that without one or more extended shutdowns of one of the present tubes..
  by Jeff Smith
 
Tunnel prep to start: https://www.nj.com/news/2024/02/work-on ... utType=amp
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The Hudson River Ground Stabilization Project, was awarded to Weeks Marine, Inc. of Cranford, for $100 million for the first phase. The company had the highest qualified proposal out of three and was selected by an evaluation panel.

“The construction is the start of our first heavy construction in water,” said Kris Kolluri, the commission’s CEO. “Our commitment is to make sure the project enters the point of no return and that is where we are today.”

The project will build the infrastructure and stabilizes 1,200 feet of shallow riverbed on the Manhattan side to allow the massive tunnel boring machine to start excavating the new tunnel and protect the riverbed. The entire project has a $284 million price tag and awards of contracts to do phase 2 of the work is expected in late summer or early fall, officials said.
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  by west point
 
Does the wording of announcement mean that a TBM is going to start on the Manhattan side.? Does not make sense for TBM spoil disposal. It may be that stabilization is a long time project and the Manhattan side will wait for the TBM coming from NJ?
  by CraigDK
 
west point wrote: Sat Feb 17, 2024 10:52 pm Does the wording of announcement mean that a TBM is going to start on the Manhattan side.? Does not make sense for TBM spoil disposal. It may be that stabilization is a long time project and the Manhattan side will wait for the TBM coming from NJ?
The work on Manhattan Side includes the in water work (stabilizing the river bed before the TBMs pass underneath) which is the award announcement, as well as the remaining portion of the Hudson Yards casing and the short section of between the Manhattan Bulkhead and the Hudson Yards casing. The TBMs that will be passing under the stabilized portion of the river bed are to be launched from construction shaft in Hoboken.
  by west point
 
CraigDK wrote: Sun Feb 18, 2024 7:03 pm The TBMs that will be passing under the stabilized portion of the river bed are to be launched from construction shaft in Hoboken.
Thanks for confirming my understanding of the TBMs path.
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