WHAT'S THERE NOW?
Damage from Hurricane Sandy. (Photo Source - NY Times)
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Commuters are forced to wait while tracks undergo repairs. (Photo Source - CBS NY)
WHAT'S THE POTENTIAL?
Expanding critical transit capacity across the Northeast Corridor. (Photo Source - Amtrak)
Opening doors for 21st century economic development. (Photo Source - Moynihan Station Development)
The Gateway Project is a proposal to build a high-speed rail corridor to alleviate the bottleneck along the Northeast Corridor between Newark, New Jersey, and New York City.
The planned right-of-way would parallel the current one between Newark Penn Station and New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.
THE NEED TO PROCEED
The Northeast Corridor produces about 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product and is home to 17 percent of the American population.
If constructed, the Gateway Project would add 25 train slots during peak periods to the current system used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, which has reached full capacity.
After Superstorm Sandy, the already aging tunnel system was further compromised by flooding that reached the ceiling as well as exposed wires, which provide power to the railway system.
The Gateway Project will restore the damages from Sandy and protect the transit network from future disasters and will open the doors for 21st century economic development.