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January 3, 2018
NEWARK, N.J. — A plan to pay for an estimated $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River raises serious concerns, including that it relies on a “non-existent” agreement that would have the federal government foot half the bill, an official at the nation's federal transportation agency wrote Friday.
In a letter to New York and New Jersey officials, K. Jane Williams, the deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, wrote that a recent funding proposal by the states for the first phase of the project, estimated at $11 billion, seeks a 50 percent federal investment that is “considerably higher than much existing precedent for past ‘mega projects'” and would deplete the existing grant program.
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