Hudson rail tunnel gets boost from Congressional spending bill

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There is new hope Thursday for the Gateway Project to build a much-needed additional rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River to be used by both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit along the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest.

As part of a new spending package to keep the government running past Friday, Congressional lawmakers have agreed to more than half a billion dollars for the project.

President Donald Trump has opposed the new tunnel that supporters say are desperately needed to to keep train running amid an aging infrastructure, in part because it is a top priority of Senate Minority Leader Senator Charles Schumer.

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“People in New York are very happy with the results we achieved,” Schumer said Thursday.

A smiling Schumer announced that he got key Republicans to agree to put the money in the budget…

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