NJ Senate Leader Seeks New Hudson Train Tunnel

TRENTON (AP) -

Saying the region’s transportation network is facing a crisis, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney on Wednesday called for a new train tunnel connecting the state with New York.

“The lack of investment from all levels of government is causing a crisis in this country, especially in the economy of New Jersey,” said Sweeney, a Democrat who is considering a gubernatorial run in 2017.

The existing tunnels are 104 years old and will be obsolete in 10 years, he said, adding train traffic accounts for $100 million a day to the regional economy.

Sweeney did not specify how the tunnel should be paid for, but believes the federal government would shoulder the cost.

Sweeney’s call comes as New Jersey lawmakers grapple with the state’s imperiled transportation trust fund, which will run out of money for new projects next year. Sweeney reiterated his call for a $2 billion trust fund.