From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking a rare trip to Washington, DC today amid a growing transit crisis in New York City.

A precise itinerary for Cuomo’s visit was not released.

But he is expected to meet with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and members of the state’s congressional delegation to discuss issues like the Gateway Tunnel project.

“The Gateway Tunnel is critical for rail traffic entering New York and the entire Northeast,” Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday evening.

“It is essential that this project, which has been delayed for years, goes forward. I will also brief the New York Delegation on the situation.”

Underscoring the gravity of the problems beset by the transit system in the city, the trip is reminiscent of the time the governor jetted down to DC to discuss relief for Superstorm Sandy.

But this time, Cuomo is also facing mounting political pressure from riders and commuters to find a fix to the transit problems in the region amid the self-styled “summer of hell.”