Albio Sires

As rail tunnel effort teeters, a smaller win for New Jersey

As a multibillion-dollar rail tunnel project languishes amid political squabbling, New Jersey celebrated a smaller infrastructure victory Friday.

Officials announced an $18 million grant to rebuild a crumbling highway bridge near the Lincoln Tunnel, the culmination of a three-year process using a federal grant program that would be discontinued under President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

The grant program, under the acronym TIGER, pays for transportation projects that are difficult to fund because they involve multiple jurisdictions or multiple transportation modes.

Getting approved for the bridge project was "a coup," Democratic Rep. Albio Sires...