Multiple news sources have reported that NJ Governor Chris Christie will either cancel or indefinitely delay the Access to the Region’s Core rail tunnel between New Jersey and NYC. If true, this would be a devastating disinvestment in the state’s future. It would almost certainly set the project back by at least a generation and result in the loss of $3 billion in federal funds.
It’s worth noting that — at least so far — no New Jersey media outlet has reported that the tunnel is dead, and the reports that exist have all relied on anonymous sources. The governor yesterday denied that he has made a decision on the project’s fate, telling a reporter he would meet with state transportation officials today. A mob of press will likely be waiting for Christie at public events (unrelated to ARC) planned for later today.
The Regional Plan Association and others have called on the governor to extend his month-long review of the project for another two months. A project 20 years in the making — which the governor himself has called “critical for the transit riders of New Jersey and the region” — certainly deserves more than 30 days of review.
MTR will have more to say as this story develops.
Photo: Via NJ Transit.