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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Kean celebrates creation of Gateway Commission

Minority leader co-sponsored enabling legislation

By Nikita Biryukov, July 22 2019 5:45 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean lauded the newly-formed Gateway Development Commission.

“The launching of the Gateway Program represents a fair and equitable split of project costs between New Jersey and New York,” Kean said. “I commend my fellow legislators on the other side of the aisle as well as on the other side of the Hudson for reaching this critical point. I look forward to the historic day when the new tunnels open, ensuring reliable trans-Hudson transportation for decades to come.”

Kean, along with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and State Sen. Patrick Diegnan, sponsored New Jersey’s half of the bi-state legislation creating the commission.

The commission will oversee the funding of the Gateway tunnel and its associated projects, with both states bearing equal share of the projects’ local costs.

Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will share veto power over the commission’s minutes.

“Constructing the Gateway Tunnel is critical to serving the growing number of New Jersey commuters, as well as creating jobs and securing long-term economic growth,” Kean said. “The Gateway Program will increase NJ Transit rail capacity to and from New York Penn Station by 70,000 riders a day and enable NJ Transit to provide direct one-seat rides to Manhattan, including on the Raritan Valley Line. I will continue to be a vocal advocate to ensure New Jerseyans have a dependable, affordable, and safe mass-transit service.”

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