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Christie On Verge Of Decision On Hudson River Rail Tunnel Project

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TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – New Jersey governor Chris Christie is due to say in the next day or so whether he will allow a Hudson River commuter rail tunnel project from New Jersey into Manhattan to resume.

Last Friday, the governor’s office let it be known that it wanted to mull over the weekend whether there should be light at the end of that tunnel.

Because of projected cost overruns, Christie (above) ordered a halt to the project last month.

Then, following a meeting with US transportation secretary Ray LaHood, the governor said he’d give the project a second thought.

LaHood’s office has released figures that the project — a new rail tunnel connecting northern New Jersey with New York City — could come in under $10 billion.  That’s the low end of the projected cost range — the high end was more than $12 billion.  New Jersey Transit has been working with a cost estimate of $8.7 billion.

Designers say it would double train capacity between New York and North Jersey, carrying Amtrak and NJ Transit trains under the Hudson River.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio.
File photo: AP

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