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Another Day of Uncertainty for ARC

Monday, October 25, 2010 - 05:26 PM

(New York — Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was half-expected to make his "final" final announcement on the fate of the Access to the Region's Core train tunnel under the Hudson River, but Michael Drewniak, his spokesman, says there won't be anything today. Is that good news or bad for transit watchers and supporters of the project?

Back on Oct. 8, Christie agreed to spend another two weeks looking at ways to salvage the ARC project—and for those doing the math, that time period expired Friday. But the governor's aides say that wasn't a deadline for an announcement, and that Christie has been studying the alternatives since then, including those put forth by the head of NJ Transit, Jim Weinstein and a working group made up of federal and state officials.

Of course, the confirmation Friday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that ARC could indeed go billions of dollars over budgetand Christie's  reaction—are not giving supporters of the project much hope that Christie will change his mind. Tomorrow is, however, another day.

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