DALLAS — The Transportation Department will expedite the environmental review for the first major piece of the $24 billion Gateway Program as officials push to get the tunnel replacement project off the ground in 2019.

Amtrak and the Transportation Department pledged last year to provide at least 50% of the funding for the rehabilitation of two 106-year rail tunnels beneath the Hudson River that were flooded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Gateway Program also includes rebuilding of rail capacity on the New Jersey approaches and adding station capacity within Manhattan's Penn Station.

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