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

Thursday, October 21, 2010


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.

"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.

Wisniewski got roughly 400 pages of documents on 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.

To read the full article and get links to documents, go to Transportation Nation.


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Its not over budget that is the point. He lied as usually.

Oct. 21 2010 11:15 PM
brucewhain from Brooklyn

I've listened t WQXR for the past 52 years & never commented, so you have to give me 2000 words:

Re: Tunnel:

Nevertheless, NJ Transit CEO Weinstein and seven others from Port Authority and elsewhere who make up the ARC Tunnel Stearing Committee say it's going to go over budget.

The latest environmental document on the Rube Goldberg Connecting Loop says top speed will be 30 mph. But that's on the straight part. It'll be considerably slower on the curves, especially the one right by the NE Corridor where it enters the line. What are they gonna do, put a stop sign?

Then every train's got to stop at Lautenberg Sta. anyway - or run by the platforms a low speed - unless they get platform barriers which is another half billion. Likely they'll stop, because trains from Bergen-Main and Pascack are never full like the ones on the NEC are by the time they leave Lautenberg.

Given the slowness of the loop (quite aside from the fact that it's a ludicrous idea) it should be possible to walk just as quickly in the station at certain times, and others you'll still have to make up for time lost getting to some kind of connection from 20 stories down in NY. The connecting loop will have devastating effects on both Lautenberg and Hoboken stations.

Oct. 21 2010 06:24 PM

When is the last time that a public project of this size didn't have a huge cost over-run?The solution to this quagmire is quite simple. NY State or better yet US Transportation Secretary LaHood can come forward & say they're willing to pay the tab on any cost over-runs. Sounds pretty straightforward & simple to me.

Oct. 21 2010 04:22 PM

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