House members to tour 109-year-old NY rail tunnel

May 2, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman and members of a House transportation committee are scheduled to get a firsthand look at the New York area’s aging rail infrastructure, including a 109-year-old tunnel that’s at the center of a funding dispute.

Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio will lead the delegation on a tour Thursday and will convene a panel with local lawmakers on Friday.

New Jersey and New York are locked in a dispute with Trump administration officials over how to pay for a new, $13 billion tunnel.

The House delegation’s visit comes days after Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed in principle on a long-range plan to spend $2 trillion on rebuilding roads, bridges and rail infrastructure.

There’s no indication yet whether that plan would include the rail tunnel.