According to Tom Wright, the president of the Regional Plan Association, all the projects tie together stemming from the Gateway Program –– which would improve and expand rail infrastructure between Newark and Penn Station –– and its expected impact on the region’s growth. Wright’s group proposes that the Gateway effort be broadened to create another station at E. 31st St. and Third Ave. and then tunnel under the East River to reach Sunnyside, Queens.
“We have this extraordinary wealth of rail infrastructure that really makes New York City possible,” Wright said. “Both our subways and our commuter railroads are the lifeblood of our city and region. But the weakest link of it is the northeast corridor and the tunnel under the Hudson River.”
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