Hudson Tunnel Shovel Ready? Not Quite

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

After years of planning, the builders of the $9 billion trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel are just months from construction. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on what's happening on the Jersey side.

REPORTER: The new tunnel and rail network requires land in Secaucus, Kearney, North Bergen, Jersey City and Hoboken.

One of the project's goals is to improve the region's environment by making less polluting rail travel more viable. But ironically, builders will have to deal with up to 16 industrial toxic waste sites in and around the Meadowlands, according to the project's environmental impact statement.

In the past, the Meadowlands have held some expensive surprises for both rail and road builders. At the yet to be opened Xanadu entertainment complex, rail line builders hit contamination, and contractors digging for a Turnpike ramp to the Secaucus train terminal uncovered the remains of thousands of people buried in a Hudson County graveyard. The headstones had been removed years earlier. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.


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