No Tunnel decision

Rather than make a decision on the Hudson River tunnel today, Gov. Chris Christie will hit the campaign trail in southern New Jersey.

He will campaign for congressional candidate and former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan and also visit Gloucester and Salem county for fundraisers.

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Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to No Tunnel decision

  1. P says:

    Or maybe he’s continuing to play his deuce/seven off-suit for all it’s worth. Everyone knows this project is 1.) short-sighted (it’s a tunnel to nowhere); 2.) going way over-budget (has any major governmental project ever come in at even 150% of its original projected costs?); and 3.) rushed into implementation to give Corzine a photo-op last summer when he desperately needed one.

    We need a set of tunnels that 1.) Goes to Penn Station, and then on to GCT to FULLY serve BOTH NJ and Amtrak; 2.) Has costs shared amongst ALL the beneficiaries, include NY State and City; and 3.) Has cost over-run protection from the Feds.

    So Sens Menendez & Lautenberg, get off your partisan high-horses and get NJ a better ARC Project Deal.

  2. P says:

    P.S. According to your Gannett collegue at the APP –

    LaHood clarifies: Tunnel cost estimates range from $9.775B to $12.7B

    Washington, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the following statement today on the ARC Tunnel project:

    “In response to press reports, I want to clarify the range of numbers regarding the ARC tunnel project.

    “The Department of Transportation has estimated the low-range cost of the project at $9.775 billion. The mid-range estimate is $10.909 billion and the high-end range is $12.708 billion.

    “For complex projects, we do a range of estimates in the interests of accuracy. However, DOT is committed to working together through the life of the project to keep costs down to the lowest estimate.

    “In addition, we’ve been discussing with New Jersey officials the simultaneous construction of the $775 million South span of the Portal Bridge project.

    “We are committed to continuing the constructive dialogue we have had for the last two weeks with New Jersey officials to find a way to move forward on the ARC tunnel project, which will double commuter train capacity between New Jersey and New York.”

    http://blogs.app.com/capitolquickies/2010/10/22/lahood-clarifies-tunnel-cost-estimates-range-from-9-775b-to-12-7b/

    So we’re talking about an increase of 40 – 150% above what NJ has budgeted, but would own 100% as the project lead.

    Give it back to the Feds and tell them to improve their train lines (Amtrak owns the NE Corridor and Hudson tunnel rail infrastructure).

  3. Ed France says:

    That tunnel involves billions of our taxpaying dollars.It would be wonderful to have it built. But nobody knows the real cost, or where that money will be coming from. More tolls? Higher fees? Sales or gasoline tax increase?
    NJ needs to get its house in order first with the pension payout problem before we spent more money we do not have.

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