Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.
Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.
“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”
— Senator Tom Kean (@tomkean) March 24, 2016
As part of one resolution, the Port Authority commits to the construction of a replacement bus terminal in Manhattan.
A competing proposal that Kean forcefully opposed would have placed the terminal in New Jersey, requiring bus riders commuting to Manhattan to transfer to trains at Secaucus Junction, adding time and hassle to already difficult commutes.
Another resolution approves funding preliminary engineering work on the Gateway Project, to replace century-old trans-Hudson rail tunnels and related infrastructure.
“We have long-said that New Jersey taxpayers shouldn’t bear the cost of the Gateway Project that would benefit the entire Northeast corridor,” said Kean. “Today’s action represents a new partnership and shared responsibility for undertaking Gateway that we have not seen before.”
The redevelopment of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport will also be addressed.
“Newark Liberty is one of the busiest airports in the nation, a critical hub, and a gateway to our nation for many foreign travelers,” said Kean. “The redevelopment of Terminal A will provide New Jersey and those who visit with a modern, world-class terminal that is befitting of our status as a world-class destination.”