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Portal North Bridge to get full federal funding: Murphy

NJ Transit
Posted at 9:08 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 21:12:12-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is getting full federal funding for a project to fix an over century-old bridge that connects commuters between Newark and New York City.

The Federal Transit Administration has committed to authorizing entry into the engineering phase and accelerating federal funding in the amount of $766.5 million for the Portal North Bridge. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement Friday, proclaiming it a victory for the state.

"Since taking office, one of my top priorities has been securing funding for critical infrastructure projects like these that will restore NJ TRANSIT to prominence, and I am honored to have been able to make the case for Portal North directly to President Trump. I thank the president and his administration for committing to this project and helping us usher in a new era of safe, modern, and reliable infrastructure for our region.”

Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy had dinner with President Trump at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey last Friday.

The existing Portal Bridge hosts about 450 trains per day traveling between Newark and New York.

According to Amtrak's website, the two-track replacement bridge, known as Portal North Bridge, "is designed as a high-level, fixed-span bridge, eliminating the movable components and risk of malfunction."

“Replacing the century-old movable Portal Bridge will eliminate delays and permit faster journeys for passengers on the Northeast Corridor," said Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner in a statement. "We deeply appreciate the strong partnership with NJ Transit, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration on this critical project and thank Sens. Schumer, Menendez, and Booker and the entire Congressional delegation of both states, Govs. Murphy and Cuomo and all the elected leadership in both New Jersey and New York for their continued support and advocacy for finally fixing this critical single-point of failure on the nation’s busiest railroad.”

NJ Transit also tweeted out a statement.

"Full funding for Portal Bridge is a major milestone for the economic recovery of NJ and reliability on the [Northeast Corridor]," the statement read.