Gateway Program hires public-private finance expert for Hudson River tunnel project

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The Gateway Program, which includes building a new tunnel underneath the Hudson River, has hired a private financing expert from French bank Societe Generale as interim chief financial officer, Reuters has reported.

Gateway Program Development Corporation trustees said that Francis Sacr, who headed Societe’s infrastructure finance team for the Americas, will oversee financing for the $24 billion joint effort between national rail company Amtrak, New Jersey and New York to improve a critical train traffic chokepoint on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Francis Sacr (from LinkedIn profile)

The corporation also said on Aug. 9 that it had formally asked the private sector to provide ideas about funding, construction, risk allocation and other components. The response deadline for theĀ  “request for information” is Sept. 15.

Reuters reports that Sacr is based in New York and first joined Societe’s project finance team in Australia in 1995, according to his biography. He advised the $4 billion public-private renovation of the central terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

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