New York State Department of Transportation has issued a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) to advance the project. The RFEI invites interested parties to provide input on engineering, environmental, operations and financial considerations that will be used to inform the future development of a request for proposals.
"Improving and expanding our transportation infrastructure is essential to moving New York forward," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we are taking another step to advance an ambitious project that would reduce traffic on the impossibly congested Long Island Expressway, improve connectivity, and help ensure the region's future economic competitiveness."
New York State Department of Transportation acting commissioner Paul Karas said: "This project has the potential to be transformative for the region. Now that our study is complete, we will conduct additional engineering, environmental and financial analysis on the project, while assessing impacts on local communities."
The RFEI will build upon the preliminary study released by the department in 2017, which assessed the feasibility of a Long Island Sound crossing. The goal of the RFEI is to solicit ideas that will advance the project and maximize benefits to the region with the least economic and environmental risk to the state.
The RFEI also invites respondents to comment on how the proposed tunnel would be integrated into and improve the Long Island region's overall mobility and connectivity; promote regional economic growth; and generate revenues to support the construction and annual operations and maintenance costs.
Responses to the RFEI are due no later than 2 April.