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NEW RAIL TUNNEL PROJECT GETS FUNDING BOOST

New Jersey’s senators secure $75 million for ARC

July 11, 2008
Contact: Penny Bassett Hackett or Dan Stessel
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NEWARK, NJ — Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez yesterday successfully appropriated $75 million towards the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project – more than five times the amount dedicated last year – further advancing the engineering of two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River.

“The unwavering support from senators Lautenberg and Menendez for this critical project will help provide relief to the state’s transportation system,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “We applaud their efforts to secure record levels of appropriations for this project.”

"We continue to receive incredible support for the ARC Tunnel project from senators Lautenberg and Menendez. We are aggressively pursuing a full funding grant agreement with the federal government and the Senators' support is invaluable," said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia

“Our Washington delegation continues to lead the charge towards moving this vital project from the drawing board to shovels in the ground,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “Clearly, they are committed to seeing the project become a reality.”

“This funding is keeping the ARC Tunnel project moving towards a full funding grant agreement from the Federal Transit Administration,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “The Senators have worked tirelessly to support the project.”

About Access to the Region’s Core

The ARC program includes two new single-track railroad tunnels between New Jersey and New York, additional Penn Station capacity under 34th Street in Manhattan, and signal and track improvements along and adjacent to the Northeast Corridor.

The project will double the number of commuter rail tracks between New Jersey and New York and double peak-period trans-Hudson train capacity from 23 trains per hour to 48.

ARC will allow for the introduction of transfer free rail service to New York on the Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Port Jervis and Raritan Valley lines, the Montclair Boonton line west of Montclair, North Jersey Coast Line south to Bay Head, as well as the Morristown Line west of Dover. It will also create the capacity for future rail extensions. The project includes expanded station capacity for New York Penn Station under 34th Street, with underground connections to several New York City subway lines (A, B, C, D, E, F, N, Q, R, V, W, 1, 2, 3, and PATH trains.)