New York City's transit system will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill worked out in the Senate this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said Thursday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates New York's subway, bus and commuter-rail networks, stands to receive at least $10.7 billion in federal funding through the bill, Mr. Schumer said. Funding for public transit would also go toward advancing several other major projects in the New York metropolitan area, Mr. Schumer said, including the Gateway plan to build rail tunnels under the Hudson River, completion of the Second Avenue subway in Manhattan and rehabilitation of the rail tunnels under the East River. "New York has not seen such a federal infusion of infrastructure dollars," Mr. Schumer said in an interview. He said the deal offers investments that will "rebuild and revive" the state's infrastructure. But some Republicans on Capitol Hill questioned whether the sums Mr. Schumer sought for transit were necessary. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked if he intended to gild the subway tracks. "It's not to gold-plate it," Mr. Schumer said. "It's to advance our infrastructure in the way that a growing city needs." The Senate… Read full this story
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