NY Gov. Cuomo pens critical letter to feds demanding more money for Hudson River rail tunnel

Associated Press

New York's governor has written to the federal transportation secretary to criticize Washington's proposed investment in a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

In a letter Friday, Democrat Andrew Cuomo tells Secretary Anthony Foxx that federal law requires Amtrak to maintain the tunnels and that plans for a new $14 billion tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey are not "viable" without a "substantial" federal investment.

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Cuomo says Amtrak's Northeast system will become "disabled" without a new tunnel.

The federal government has promised to cover $3 billion of the project, though Cuomo says federal officials will only agree to lend the money.

Foxx has called a meeting with Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to discuss the project following several train delays for New Jersey Transit riders.