GATEWAY’S MISSED DEADLINE

May 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Gateway Project, the effort to replace the rail and tunnel system connecting Manhattan with New Jersey, missed an important environmental review deadline. What does this mean for the proposed tunnel? We have the details.

Aired on May 09, 2018.

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>>> THE GATEWAY PROJECT PROPOSES
ADDING AN ADDITIONAL TUNNEL
UNDER THE HUDSON RIVER LEPGING
NEW JERSEY AND MANHATTAN, WHICH
MOST EXPERTS BELIEVE IS CRITICAL
TO THE REGION'S ECONOMY.
BUT IT CONTINUES TO STALL.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS
BEEN OPENLY AGAINST THE PROJECT
AND HAS TAKEN MEASURES TO KEEP
THE MENTION OF GATEWAY OUT OF
THE FEDERAL BUDGET PRESIDENT
TRUMP SIGNED ON MARCH 23rd.
COMMON GUARD A NON-PARTISAN
REFORM COALITION ESTIMATES THAT
A ONE-YEAR DELAY ON BREAKING
GROUND COULD CAST COST THE TROOI
STATE $1.6 BILLION AND WASTE
APPROXIMATELY 366,000 TONS OF
KASHDS.
ON APRIL 1st THE PROGRAM MISSED
A DEADLINE TO OBTAIN FEDERAL
APPROVAL FOR THE IMPACT STUDY.
WITHOUT THE APPROVAL THE
PLANNERS SAY THEY CAN'T SECURE
FEDERAL FUNDING TO BREAK GROUND.
TO DISCUSS THE RECENT
DEVELOPMENTS IS PHILLIP K HOWARD
WELCOME.
>> NICE TO BE WITH YOU.
>> ALL RIGHT SO WE ARE WELL PAST
SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINE ON THIS
VARMTLE IMPACT STUDY.
WHAT HAPPENED?
>> THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS
HOLDING IT UP.
IT'S READY TO GO.
I MEAN THERE WAS A DEAL -- THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE
STATES, NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK
WOULD SPLIT THE COST 50/50.
IT WAS A DEAL WITH THE OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION AND THEN TRUMP
REAFFIRMED THE DEAL AFTER HE WAS
ELECTED.
BUT NOW THEY'VE CHANGED THEIR
MIND FOR REASONS WE DON'T KNOW
FOR CERTAIN.
AND SO THIS CRITICAL PROJECT,
ERR RESPONSIBLY IN MY VIEW, IS
BEING HELD UP FOR IT SEEMS
POLITICAL REASONS.
>> WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
ALWAYS MAKES ME FEEL SO
CONCERNED AS A COMMUTER INTO THE
CITY IS THAT A LOT OF TIMES WHEN
WE TALK ABOUT THE TUNNELS AND
THE FACT THAT THEY NEED TO
REPLACED AND THEY HAVE BEEN
DAMAGED THERE IS A REFERENCE TO
HURRICANE SANDY.
AND THE MORE WE REFERENCE IT THE
FURTHER BACK IN TIMES IT GOES.
WHICH MEANS THE LIKELIHOOD OF
THE NEXT DAMAGING DEVASTATING
STORM INCREASES.
WHAT HAPPENS?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE DELAYS?
>> THERE ARE -- THERE ARE TWO
100-YEAR-OLD RAIL TUNNELS INTO
NEW JERSEY AND THEY'RE DAMAGED
AND IN FRAGILE SHAPE.
WHENEVER THEY CLOSE DOWN FOR
REPAIRS IT CAUSES 25 MILES OF
GRID LOCK.
IF WE GET ANOTHER STORM BEFORE
THE NEW TUNNELS ARE BUILT IT
WILL BE GRID LOCK FOR AS LONG AS
IT TAKES TO FIX THE TUNNELS.
>> IS THERE ANY WAY PERHAPS TO
GET ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS LIKE
YOURS TO BEGIN SOME SORT OF WORK
WORK AROUND.
>>?
IS THERE A WAY TO GET THE
FEDERAL FUNDING SECURED IS SO IT
CAN HAPPEN.
>> MAYBE.
CONGRESS NOTWITHSTANDING THE
OPPOSITION INCLUDED
$$541 MILLION IN THE BUDGET EVEN
THOUGH IT DOESN'T MENTION
GATEWAY IT'S FOR GATEWAY.
>> UM-HUM.
>> SO THEY CAN GET STARTED ON
PIECES RIGHT NOW.
BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JUST THE
TUNNEL ALONE AND RELATED
IMPROVEMENTS ARE $13 BILLION.
SO HOLDING UP THE APPROVAL OF
THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, WHICH
WAS FINISHED IN RECORD TIME, IN
ORDER TO MEET THIS REALLY
DRAMATIC PUBLIC NEED TO GET
THESE TUNNELS STARTED AND BUILT
BEFORE THE OLD ONES HAVE TO
CLOSE DOWN AGAIN, IS -- YOU KNOW
IT'S -- WE'RE IN IN ABEYANCE.
NOTHING CAN HAPPEN UNTIL THE
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
RELEASES THE ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT STATEMENTS.
>> WELL, IS THERE ANY WAY THE
PUBLIC CAN GO TO LEARN WHAT IT
WAS THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION WAS
ABLE TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?
LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT $366,000
TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE NUMBER.
>> INCREDIBLY ENVIRONMENTAL
UNRESPONSIBLE NOT TO GO FORWARD
AND ECONOMICALLY NOT
RESPONSIBLEABLE.
OVER $1.5 BILLION IN DAMAGES
FROM ONE YEAR DELAY.
YES GO TO KEVON GOOD DORG WE
HAVE THE ANALYSIS AND NUMBERS
WOK OUD AND HAVE STUDIES THAT
ARE GENERALLY AGREED UPON BY
EVERYONE SORT OF WORKING IN THIS
AREA.
IT'S -- IT'S A COMPELLING CASE
TO GET THIS PROJECT STARTED
RIGHT NOW.
IT'S GOOD FOR THE NATION.
NEW YORK CITY HAPPENS TO BE THE
COMMERCIAL CAPITAL NOT ONLY OF
THE NATION BUT OF THE WORLD.
HAVING IT IN GRID LOCK IS
ACTUALLY A BAD IDEA FOR THE
WHOLE COUNTRY.
NEW YORK STATE HAPPENS TO
CONTRIBUTE IN FEDERAL TAXES MUCH
MORE THAN IT GETS BACK.
HOLDING UP MONIES ALLEGEDLY TO
SAVE MONEY FOR THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IN A WAY THAT MIGHT
CRIPPLE THE NEW YORK REGION IS
NOT REASONABLE ON ANY ANALYSIS.
>> ALL RIGHT SO I GUESS WE HAVE
TO WAIT AND SEE IF THIS -- AT
LEAST THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
STUDY THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS
DONE CAN BECOME SOME SORT OF
ISSUE FOR THE COMING MIDTERM
ELECTIONS.
>> WELL, RIGHT.
WE WERE -- WE WERE IMPORTANT IN
PROMPTING THE -- THE EXPEDITING
THOSE REVIEWS.
WE DIDN'T DO THEM.
>> CORRECT.
>> BUT YES, THEY ARE DONE.
AND THEY SHOW THE COMPELLING
CASE FOR DOING THIS PROJECT
RIGHT NOW THE WAY THEY PLAN TO
DO IT.
SO WHAT WE NEED IS PUBLIC
SUPPORT AND OUTRAGE THAT THIS
PROJECT IS BEING HELD UP FOR
UNCLEAR POLITICAL REASONS.
>> I THINK THREATS OF GRID LOCK
AND HUGE THOUSANDS OF TONS OF
CARBON DIOXIDE JUST MIGHT DO
THAT.
LISTEN, PHILLIP, I WANT TO THANK
YOU FOR JOINING US ON THE
PROGRAM.
AS GRIM AS THE NEWS WAS YOU
SHARED, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE
ALL KNOW.
>> NICE TO BE WITH YOU.
>> THANK YOU.

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