NY's Cuomo reluctant to dig deep for new Hudson rail tunnel

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tackled two of New York's most chronic infrastructure problems when he committed billions to overhaul LaGuardia Airport and replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

But there are several reasons the Democratic governor is wary about taking on the construction of a new Hudson River rail tunnel, estimated to cost $14 billion or more when other improvements are factored in.

One is the price tag. New Jersey Transit is struggling with budget gaps and federal Amtrak funding has been slashed. Additionally, the tunnel is owned by Amtrak and primarily serves New Jersey commuters.

Cuomo says the outlook for a new tunnel "isn't especially bright."

Last week Cuomo balked at U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's invitation to meet with him and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to discuss the project.