May 15, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 81 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HIGHLIGHTING THE STRUGGLE OF RAIL COMMUTERS IN NEW JERSEY'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 81
(House of Representatives - May 15, 2019)
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[Page H3800] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HIGHLIGHTING THE STRUGGLE OF RAIL COMMUTERS IN NEW JERSEY'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (Mr. MALINOWSKI asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. MALINOWSKI. Madam Speaker, today I rise to highlight the struggle that rail commuters in New Jersey's Seventh District face each day. Public transportation is vital to my State, where twice as many of us depend on it than the national average. Right now, though, the 23,000 people who rely on the main rail line that cuts through the heart of my district, the Raritan Valley Line, are the only commuters in northern New Jersey without one-seat ride access to Manhattan during peak hours. To get to New York, they must transfer to Newark, adding at least 25 minutes to their commutes. Now, you might ask, why am I bringing this local issue to the House? Why can't New Jersey solve it by itself? Well, I will tell you why. Because every rail passenger trying to get to work along this economic corridor that is so vital, not just to my State, but to the economy of the United States, must squeeze through a crumbling, 110-year old bottleneck of a tunnel under the Hudson River that is owned and operated by the Federal Government, and the Federal Government won't fix it. The Raritan Valley Line Mayor's Alliance, representing over 30 mayors, has been working to get one-seat ride. We need to do our part by passing an infrastructure bill this year that will fund the Gateway tunnel. ____________________