Good news: President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fierce political foes, met Wednesday to debate a model new follow tunnel beneath the Hudson — and no one acquired injury. Cuomo even referred to as the meeting “productive.”
Unhealthy info: The two likewise met closing yr to debate the enterprise, along with Jersey’s then-Gov. Chris Christie, and that sitdown was moreover “productive” — however the enterprise has since solely gone backward.
Group Trump rapidly afterward made clear it wasn’t on board with an Obama-era funding deal, stalling the $13 billion tunnel.
That’s massive trouble. As Cuomo well-known, it’s “solely a matter of time sooner than we have now now a important mishap” and lose considered one of many two tubes.
On excessive of normal getting older (the tunnel marks its 108th birthday this week), every tubes suffered excessive harm from Superstorm Sandy. These points recurrently stress an emergency shutdown of considered one of many two, and a nightmare commute for tons of of a whole bunch of riders.
And if each tube has to shut down utterly, say goodbye to as a lot as 80 p.c of rush-hour follow service from Jersey to Penn Station and good day to a region-wide commuting catastrophe, with an disagreeable monetary have an effect on.
To maneuver forward, Cuomo suggests restructuring the corporate that oversees the enterprise to include representatives from Group Trump, Albany and Trenton.
He moreover needs to see if bidders can present prices lower than what Amtrak estimates. Every he and Trump, Cuomo says, ought to know “what we’re really talking about by means of financial publicity.”
Great. Nonetheless the urgent need for a model new tunnel was obvious years up to now. The realm needs an precise plan — and precise movement — now.
Not a bunch of bickering as some considerably high-ego guys rearrange the deck chairs of the enterprise’s oversight, or limitless buck-passing on merely who’ll be on the hook for worth overruns.
It’s lengthy gone time for restructuring and refinancing. It’s time for a model new tunnel