The Portal Bridge, an important commuter rail bridge connecting New Jersey to the hub of New York City, is a vital component of our transportation system. When it gets stuck, commuters get delayed, complaints go up, and satisfaction with NJ TRANSIT services go down. Underfunding has delayed a bridge repair or replacement, and it may be worthwhile to look into ways of funding and creating a repair/replacement for the Portal Bridge. This bridge is an example of a bottleneck or single point of failure - if it gets stuck, then there is no way around it to get in or out of Manhattan. While the Gateway Project has been mentioned as a priority of the new administration, the bridge's issues may be a problem more urgent than what the project can handle. Research into other potential bottlenecks, such as the Lincoln Tunnel helix, is also worthwhile.
Idea No. 58