Meadowlands Rail Spur Opens With No Xanadu

Governor Corzine today joins VIP's for a ride on the new Meadowlands rail spur to the Sports Complex and the controversial mega-mall known as Xanadu. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The spur won't officially open to the public until next Sunday, to coincide with the playing of Soccer's Gold cup finals at Giant Stadium. From then on the train will only run occasionally when the Sports complex is hosting an event that draws 50,000 people, like football games or major concerts.

Initially, the spur was designed to also serve Xanadu, the $2 billion shopping and entertainment complex. The unfinished development is now years behind schedule with no date set for opening.

The 2.3 mile Xanadu rail spur that ties the Meadowlands into the regional rail network was supposed to cost $150 million. Its final price tag was $182 million, mostly provided by the Port Authority.

At the bi-state agency vote to fund the project, four members had to recuse themselves because of various conflicts of interest with Xanadu and its backers. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.