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Costs Linger Despite Scrapped Tunnel Project

by Associated Press
New Jersey Train
tom.arthur, flickr

Canceled project hasn't stopped costly delivery.

 New Jersey Transit will continue to take delivery on more than $408 million in locomotives that were specially ordered for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie canceled.

The 35 engines can operate on diesel and electric and rail lines. The plan was to allow commuters on the Main, Bergen and Pascack Valley lines to ride into Manhattan without having to transfer.
However, construction of a rail loop that would have eliminated the need for a transfer at Secaucus Junction or Hoboken was canceled when Christie scrapped the tunnel project.
NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein tells The Record newspaper riders on the Montclair-Boonton, Raritan Valley and North Jersey Coast Line will benefit from the new locomotives.
A recent federal report disputed Christie's fears about the tunnel project.



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