Christie kills tunnel plan

Posted: October 07, 2010

TRENTON - Gov. Christie today cancelled plans to build a new rail tunnel to link New Jersey with Manhattan, saying it faced billions of dollars in cost overruns.

The project, which was started last summer and was projected at that time to cost $8.7 billion, would have been the nation's largest public works project.

Christie said his advisers had determined the project would probably cost $11 billion to $14 billion, and he said "we simply can't spend what we don't have."

Democrats in Congress and the state legislature immediately assailed Christie's decision, as did some environmental groups and transit advocates.

They said the state will be required now to repay $300 million in federal funds already spent on the tunnel project. And they said the cancellation will leave more motorists stuck in traffic and rail passengers on train lines that are already at capacity.


Contact staff writer Paul Nussbaum at 215-854-4587 or pnussbaum@phillynews.com

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