BREAKING: Obama About To Start RIOTS Nationwide!!! Look What Trump Just Did To Piss Him Off

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The Trump Administration has put the brakes on an Obama-era plan to have the federal government finance half of a $13 billion rail tunnel project which includes revitalizing a deteriorating Amtrak tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York City, repairing damage to a dual-tunnel conduit, and reconstructing the New Jersey railroad network’s aging Portal Bridge, Crain’s New York Business reported.

Amtrak, which owns most of the rail tunnels and tracks between Boston and Washington, D.C., contends that the existing tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City is damaged and could fail within 10 to 15 years, threatening daily rail transportation in the Northeast.

The Gateway project also calls for other infrastructure improvements, including the replacement of the 107-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River, a Penn Station New York Annex, two extra tracks between Newark and the tunnels and a loop for Bergen County trains to access the tunnels,

The original Obama-era plan called for costs to be split among New York state, New Jersey and the federal government, Fox News reports.

But in a letter Friday, the Trump administration notified New York and New Jersey that the Obama-era deal was now “non-existent” because the states recently requested that their portions be covered by loans from the federal government — meaning Washington would supply all of the initial funding for what the Trump White House is calling “a local project.”

“Your letter also references a non-existent ’50/50′ agreement between USDOT, New York, and New Jersey. There is no such agreement,” wrote K. Jane Williams, deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. “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.”

Williams wrote she had “serious concerns” about the first phase of the project that asked for $11.1 billion from the federal government. “Your proposal also overlooks that 50% would be considerably higher than much existing precedent for past ‘mega projects,'” she said.

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

Gateway Development Corp., the project overseer composed of representatives of New York, New Jersey and Amtrak, dismissed Williams’ letter as “posturing,” adding in a statement Friday that “we are confident that the Trump Administration will engage with us as the President turns to infrastructure in 2018.”

It will be interesting to see how this turns out.



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