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Matthew Schuerman

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Will the ARC Transit Tunnel Decision be Postponed?

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was expected to make his final decision on the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC)  train tunnel under the Hudson River Friday, but it’s increasingly unclear whether that will happen.

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NJ Dems: Christie Pulled ARC Tunnel Numbers 'Out of Thin Air'

Thursday, October 21, 2010

WNYC

A top New Jersey Democrat says he's combed through the hundreds of pages that led Governor Chris Christie to dump the A.R.C. train tunnel under the Hudson River and found no justification for it.

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NJ Dems: Governor Christie Pulled Transit Tunnel Numbers "Out of Thin Air"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC)  A top New Jersey Democrats says he's combed through the hundreds of pages that led Governor Chris Christie to dump the ARC train tunnel under the Hudson River and found no justification for it.

"The documents provided by the governor’s own administration fail to provide any justification for the governor’s claim of billions in cost overruns on the tunnel project," Assemblyman John Wisniewski, head of the Assembly's Transportation Committee said in a press release this afternoon. “That claim seems as though it was simply pulled out of thin air by the governor."

Wisniewski got roughly 400 pages of documents Wednesday from the governor's office through a freedom of information request. The Democrat said that three reports on cost estimates that were included state, "The overall project remains within budget," and repeat that the budget remains at $8.7 billion.

Christie, a Republican, canceled the tunnel two weeks ago, saying that internal reports pointed towards as much as $5 billion in cost overruns  and that he wasn't about to pass those costs on to New Jersey taxpayers.

Christie's office hasn't responded to a request for comment. Those wishing to pore through the documents themselves can find them on the assemblyman's web site.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. : Christie's office says the documents that Wisniewski reviewed are only the first batch of many that he will receive under his information request.

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LIRR Riders Face Major Weekend Disruptions

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The LIRR will run just one-third the number of trains it usually does this week and large parts of the network will be out of service completely, to be replaced with subways or shuttle buses. The same disruptions will occur the following weekend.

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Admission Fee for September 11 Museum?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Twenty bucks to get into the Met, MoMA -- and the September 11 Museum at the World Trade Center?

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Park Rehab Ten Years in the Making

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Residents of the Lower East Side and the East Village have been waiting for almost ten years to get East River Park between Jackson Streets and 12th Street back in tact. And it’s still not finished.

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Parts of New York City Earn Federal Disaster Declaration After September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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Parts of City Earn Disaster Declaration Following September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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MTA Working on Better Service Advisories

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Even the chairman of the MTA forgets to check for subway diversions before he goes out on weekends.

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Christie To Take Another Look at Hudson Commuter Train Tunnel

Friday, October 08, 2010

A day after cancelling a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he'll take another look at it. Christie promised a two-week review of several options that could salvage the tunnel after meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But the Republican governor insisted the project was "financially not viable" and likely to exceed its budget.

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Christie: I Haven't Reviewed Final Tunnel Numbers

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WNYC

Speaking at a hospital ribbon-cutting in Newark, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is just returning from a multi-day midwest campaign swing with fellow Republicans, says he hasn't had a chance to meet with his staff or review the final numbers on the ARC commuter train tunnel from New Jersey to New York.

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Just How Bad Were the Subways in 1985?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WNYC

If you think the subways are late, dirty and expensive now, imagine what it was like 25 years ago. In honor of the Straphangers' Campaign's latest report on the State of the Subways we took a look at one of the earliest documents the organization produced.

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Straphangers Say Mild Improvement in Subway Service

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Despite widespread service cuts, the subway system has gotten mildly better. That's according to the Straphangers Campaign, which says the subway's gotten a little cleaner, a little more reliable, and its announcements are clearer this year compared to the year before.

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ARC Funding: What's at Stake

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) New Jersey never put up much of its own money towards the ARC Tunnel. And yet Governor Chris Christie seems poised to cancel the project because of money concerns.

Out of the tunnel’s $8.7 billion budget, New Jersey was contributing just $2.7 billion. Even that figure overstates the case, however. According to transportation officials, only $1.25 billion would come from New Jersey sources: the tolls collected by the NJ Turnpike Authority. Another billion and change comes from the federal government’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), according to transportation officials.

If, or when, the tunnel’s canceled, New Jersey could divert the $1.25 billion in turnpike tolls easily—even to help out the state’s ailing Transportation Trust Fund. Christie will also be able to spend the CMAQ money on other road and bridge projects—although transportation sources say the money will have to be used in accordance with federal regulations, which would rule out its use for the trust fund.

The other $6 billion, contributed equally by the Port Authority and the Federal Transit Administration, is money slated specifically for the ARC Tunnel. Transportation sources say that Christie will have to sacrifice all of that money should he cancel the tunnel. However, presumably some Port Authority projects would take place in New Jersey.

Christie’s stated concern all along, however, was what New Jersey would do if the tunnel ended up costing more than $8.7 billion. According to one legislative source, the current agreement with the Federal Transit Administration calls for the Port Authority and the state of New Jersey to be jointly responsible.

The bottom line: Christie gets loses $6 billion in free money. But he gets to spend a different $2.25 billion on roads and bridges, all the while limiting his liability for cost overruns.

He also wouldn’t need to increase the gas tax to bail out the Transportation Trust Fund,thereby protecting his reputation as a fiscal conservative.

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NJ Lawmakers Reach a Deal on State-Backed Road Projects

Monday, October 04, 2010

New Jersey legislators approved a $1.7 billion bond deal on Monday that should send thousands of construction workers back to their jobs.

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Flooding in Tunnel Shuts Down 1, 2, 3 Lines

Friday, October 01, 2010

A subway line on Manhattan's Upper West Side was suspended for an hour and a half during this morning's rush hour because of heavy rain.

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Major Weekend Subway Delays to Continue

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Expect another weekend of delays, diversions, backtracking and shuttle buses if you're taking the subway.  New York City Transit says 16 of the 19 weekend lines will be disrupted as contractors rush to complete construction work.

WNYC wants to hear about your weekend subway experience. Just text "SUBWAY" TO 30644 and record your stories about getting around this weekend.

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Stewart Airport Readies for International Passengers

Thursday, September 30, 2010

WNYC

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking steps to attract more international passengers to Stewart Airport in the Hudson Valley.

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Non-Westway Turns 25

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Advocates for the environment and mass transit say Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of the defeat of Westway.

It was on September 30th, 1985, when the federal government allowed New York to use more than a billion dollars slated for a proposed expressway along Manhattan's West Side for mass transit instead.

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Ratner Abandons 10-Year Timeline for Atlantic Yards

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Developer Bruce Ratner said Tuesday morning what many of his critics and even some of his associates have been saying for years: there is no way the entire Atlantic Yards project will be done in 10 years.

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