Amtrak to Rescue ARC Tunnel Project?

Even though NJ Governor Chris Christie put the kibosh on the ARC tunnel project that would have provided a much-needed transit connection between New Jersey and New York, reports are rumbling that Amtrak is ready to come in and revive the project. Gothamist picked up the story that was reported by Fox NY

Amtrak Vice President Al Engel says they’re talking to NJ Transit about teaming up and finishing the tunnel themselves, and using it for a high-speed rail. However, they stress there is nothing set in stone, so there’s still plenty of time for the abandoned construction space to get turned into an elite street art collection.

There’s that Gothamist humor!

But in all seriousness, is Amtrak trying to establish itself as the transit savior of our time? I also heard rumors (that may or may not be substantiated) that the company is interested in bringing HSR through the Lehigh Valley. Intriguing indeed.

What are your thoughts on Amtrak’s interest in the ARC project?

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About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on November 9, 2010, in Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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