In a crushing blow to public transit advocates and New Jersey commuters alike, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ordered the termination of the ARC Tunnel Project. The ARC project – standing for Access to the Region’s Core – was a proposed new tunnel from New Jersey into midtown Manhattan, terminating at Penn Station, with an entirely new underground rail station built, connecting the many modes of transportation along 34th Street between 6th Ave and 8th Ave.
Christie felt that the project, which was to have received up to $3 Billion from the Federal government, would cost the State too much.
The ARC project would have doubled rail capacity between New Jersey and midtown, would have created 6,000 new construction-related jobs annually, and would have greatly lessened automobile traffic and congestion. More info on ARC can be found here.
ZONE readers, where do you stand? Do you think this move by Governor Christie was shortsighted?
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