Move expected to cut delivery time.
- Bidders will be able to learn about underground conditions, and propose locations for additional geotechnical investigation
- Private sector could make boring requests that normally occur after RFP issuance
- Tunnel rehabilitation could commence by 2026
The Gateway Program Development Corporation (GDC) has established a virtual data room to provide technical details about the estimated $30 billion Hudson Tunnel Project.
The non-profit corporation in a statement noted that potential private sector partners using the data room will be able to learn more about the underground conditions, and propose locations for additional geotechnical investigation. Moreover, the data room will shave time off of the procurement process by allowing potential bidders to preemptively present boring requests that would usually follow the issuance of an RFP.
“Unknown ground conditions are a major factor in adding cost and time to tunneling projects around the world,” Interim Finance Director Frank Sacr said in the statement. “So, by undertaking this work now, GDC is actively working with the private sector to reduce the impact of this risk on the cost and schedule of the project.”
According to the US Congressional Research Service, it can take as long as 10 years for a project to progress from planning to completion. The scope and complexity of the Gateway project would likely extend that period.
“GDC is actively working with the private sector to reduce the impact of this risk on the cost and schedule of the project.” — Interim Finance Director Frank Sacr
The Gateway Project entails the construction of a new two-track Hudson River rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York City that will serve New York’s Penn Station; The rehabilitation of the existing North River Tunnel, including replacement of the tracks, bench walls, catenary systems, conduits, utilities, ventilation, and signals; and construction of a concrete box located under Hudson Yards that will preserve Amtrak’s right-of-way.
The GDC intends to use federal and non-federal funding sources to deliver the project. Together, the State of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and NJTRANSIT have reportedly committed $5.55 billon to the project. The estimated $1.6 billion rehabilitation of the existing tunnel is expected to commence in 2026.
Potential bidders can access the data room by clicking here.