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Project planners shave $1.4 billion from Hudson River tunnel budget

August 30, 2019

In the Aug. 23 letter to FTA Associate Administrator of Planning and Environment Felicia James, officials from the GDC — a partnership between New York, New Jersey and Amtrak — said they were able to trim costs on the project linking the two states because they have done more advance work since their original proposal last year. The effort has resulted in ways to mitigate unexpected expenses and lessen the amount of money needed to be set aside, they wrote.

For instance, the new tunnel’s design is 30% complete, compared to 10% in the original plan, Sigmund said.

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