The Gateway Program is a comprehensive rail expansion and improvement program that will preserve existing Northeast Corridor service, increase capacity and bring aging infrastructure – in some cases over 100 years old – to a state of good repair. The roughly 10-mile stretch between Newark and New York is the busiest section of railroad in North America supporting 450 trains per day and over 200,000 passenger trips.
Amtrak’s NEC service and NJ TRANSIT’s commuter rail service provide connections between the major cities of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, and commuter access for thousands of people who work in the region. With no other Hudson River passenger rail crossing into Penn Station New York, single-point failures can suspend rail service causing delays that cascade up and down the NEC as well as throughout NJ TRANSIT’s commuter system, disrupting service for hundreds of thousands of passengers.
The Gateway Program’s first phase includes the construction of a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River, rehabilitation of the existing North River Tunnel, completion of a concrete casing on Manhattan’s West Side for a future tunnel to Penn Station, and replacement of the Portal Bridge. Later phases of the Program are expected to include the expansion of track and platform capacity at Penn Station New York, modifications to Secaucus Junction, construction of the Bergen Loop and replacement of the Sawtooth Bridge in New Jersey.