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Amtrak and its partners in the Gateway Program celebrated the start of construction on a new Portal North Bridge with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 13.

Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia, Gateway Program Development Corporation Chairman Rich Bagger, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker broke ground on $20 million worth of early work activities.  The higher clearance, fixed-span Portal North Bridge will permit faster speeds, allow for an increase in NJ TRANSIT train capacity and eliminate a single point of failure on the busiest section of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC).

“The Gateway Program is the most urgent infrastructure program in America,” said Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia.  “The start of construction on the Portal North Bridge demonstrates the commitment of the Gateway partners to this important project, which will improve reliability on the Northeast Corridor, benefiting both New York and New Jersey, as well as the region and nation as a whole.”

The Portal North Bridge Project is a critical component of the Gateway Program – a comprehensive rail investment program designed to add critical resiliency and create new capacity on the 10-mile stretch of the NEC between Newark, NJ and Penn Station New York.  This is the busiest section of railroad in North America, supporting 450 daily and commuter intercity trains and some 200,000 passenger trips.

Learn more about how Amtrak and its partners are “Ready to Build” the infrastructure of the future in a short video on the Portal Bridge Project here.

Portal North Rendering