Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel
The trans-Hudson rail tunnel killed by Governor Christie will end up costing roughly $600 million even with a big refund from insurers, according to officials who released a “bottom line” breakdown on the aborted project.
New Jersey spent more than $800,000 in legal fees fighting the federal government’s $271 million bill for the scrapped Hudson River rail tunnel project. Invoices show the Patton Boggs law firm billed the state $469,715 for work in January alone.
New Jersey’s two U.S. senators are touting a proposal to build a new “Gateway Tunnel” to boost needed rail passenger services between New York City and New Jersey.
Gov. Christie scrapped the project over feared cost overruns.
Several hundred union members turned out for a rally to support a second rail tunnel from New Jersey into Manhattan.
Gov. Christie said he’ll consider restarting the stalled New Jersey-New York rail tunnel if someone else helps pick up the tab. Otherwise, he said, he’s comfortable walking away from the project.