Malinowski asks Buttigieg about Gateway program during House hearing
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) spoke today with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the proposed Gateway program during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. The project, a successor to the ARC Tunnel killed by Governor Chris Christie in 2010, would create a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York in an effort to reduce congestion and improve the availability of intercity rail.
During the hearing, Malinowski expressed frustration with the project’s slow schedule.
“My constituents won’t be happy to hear statements like this until 2035,” Malinowski said. “It’s not going to be acceptable.”
Malinowski asked Buttigieg why infrastructure projects in the United States take longer and cost more than other heavily industrialized countries like Western Europe, despite similar labor and labor protections. environment.
“It’s a project, or set of projects that I think will test us in terms of our ability to close the gap between the cost it takes to deliver a project in the United States and the cost you see in many other western countries,” replied Buttigieg.
Buttigieg didn’t give a single reason for the discrepancy, but suggested that different interests in the United States require more coordination than in other countries.
The transportation secretary, however, said the appointment of former New Jersey transportation commissioner Kris Kolluri as the project’s CEO will provide unified leadership. Buttigieg added that the project will need to incorporate best practices inside and outside the United States to find methods that lead to faster results.
“We believe that with the right level of intentionality, we can reverse the trend of very large, very complex projects lasting longer and costing more than they should,” he said.