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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's Office

Washington, D.C.
Contact: Jennifer Hanley

RELEASE: May 16, 2006

N.J. & N.Y. Senators support new Trans-Hudson rail tunnel

(Washington, D.C). - United States Senators from New Jersey and New York today joined to express support for the Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel Project.

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) said the new rail tunnel is needed to meet the region's increasing demand for commuter rail service and keep the economy growing.

Over the past 20 years, daily commuter rail trips between New Jersey and New York City have doubled, but the demand is hitting a bottleneck in the current 100-year old, two-track passenger tunnel under the Hudson River.

"This tunnel will keep commuters moving and keep our region's economy strong," said Senator Lautenberg. "It will also make us less vulnerable to an accident or terrorist attack."

"The Trans-Hudson Tunnel would provide critical upgrades to our mass transit system and would fuel the continued expansion of our region's economic growth," said Senator Menendez.

"Expanding transportation capacity for our region is essential as traffic increases in the New York and New Jersey areas," said Senator Clinton. "This is an important project for all those moving through New York, and the region, and I support going forward with the proposal to address increased economic and transportation capacity in the region."

"As the Hudson Valley grows, we need to keep it moving. We can give Hudson Valley Commuters back 25 minutes a day by providing a one-seat ride between the Hudson Valley and mid-town Manhattan. It will not only improve traffic flow, but will improve overall quality of life," Senator Schumer said. "The tunnel and new 34th Street station will be a shot in the arm for West Side Redevelopment and bring thousands more commuters and visitors in to Midtown every day."

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