A light at the end of the tunnel?

November 28, 2010

The Access to the Region’s Core, or ARC, project is the largest federal transportation project in the entire country and it’s here in our backyard. On October 7th, NJ’s Governor Christie announced that the project would be shut down because the project will exceed its budget and cost the state millions of dollars. The very next day, on October 8th, Christie announced that he would reconsider this decision and would work out a deal with the transportation authority of NJ. Residents were upset about the cancellation because nearly 600 million has already been spent toward the project, and the citizens did not want $600 million in tax dollars to be spent on just a hole in the ground. The Port Authority of NJ and NY has pledged 3 billion and New Jersey has committed 2.7 billion toward the project. The tunnel has the potential to connect Manhattan and New Jersey in order to double the train use during peak hours in and out of the city. NJ Transit and Amtrak share a one hundred year old tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey, but this plan would add two more tracks which would dramatically increase the number of commuters. The project has also created nearly 6,000 construction-related jobs and could create 40,000 when the project is completed. If NJ does not proceed with the project, they could have to repay half of the 600 million already spent to the federal government. The price tag for the project was 5 billion in 2005, but rose to 8 billion in 2008, and is now at 9 or 10 billion. I guess we’ll see what happens.

Works Cited:
Associated Press. “Christie Cancels 20-Year Hudson River Tunnel Project.”  Fox News, October 7, 2010.
Sherman, Ted. “N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Agrees to Reconsider Hudson River Tunnel Project.”  The Star Ledger, October 8, 2010.

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One Response to “A light at the end of the tunnel?”

  1. robbuc said

    what happened was the christie reconsidered his decision but in the end decided to scuttle the project–that as of two weeks ago. some talk since then about the #7 train being extended from manhattan to secaucus. but basically jersey has said no to the idea of a rail tunnel.

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