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The Gateway Program

The Gateway Program

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Environmental Review




The Gateway Program

The Gateway Program is a series of rail infrastructure projects that will improve the most congested 10-mile section of the Northeast Corridor, adding needed resiliency and creating the capacity for a doubling of passenger trains under the Hudson River into Penn Station New York - the nation's busiest rail facility.

New York Penn Station Crowding on and off the platforms

Penn Station New York will be expanded as part of the Gateway Program

Existing North River Tunnel

A new Hudson River tunnel will be built so existing North River Tunnel (pictured here) can be repaired.


The pathway for a future Hudson River tunnel is being preserved at Hudson Yards. This image shows the concrete casing under construction at left, foreground, in 2014.

From turnpike looking SW

Rendering of the future Portal North Bridge, an early action element of the Gateway Program.

The Gateway Program will create four mainline tracks between Newark, NJ, and Penn Station New York where there are currently just two. Work includes a new tunnel under the Hudson River, rehabilitation of the existing century old tunnel, new tracks and platforms at Penn Station New York, new Portal North and South Bridges over the Hackensack River in New Jersey, construction of loop tracks in Secaucus and replacements for the Sawtooth Bridges, among other needed improvements.

Modernizing this critical section of the Northeast Corridor under Gateway will create jobs, improve service, add climate resiliency and create the capacity needed for the future.


  • Adds resiliency to meet future climate challenges
  • New capacity allows expansion of commuter & intercity services
  • Increases reliability for riders by modernizing aging infrastructure
  • Creates jobs and boosts economic growth


  • Amtrak
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Department of Transportation