New Trans-Hudson Tunnel Would Be More Convenient and Cost-Effective
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following comments today regarding the proposal to extend the number 7 subway line under the Hudson River to Secaucus Junction:
“Governor Christie was exactly right to cancel the ill-conceived ARC tunnel. That plan would have stuck the taxpayers of New Jersey with the entire bill for the all of the cost overruns for that tunnel. These additional costs that could have run into the billions of dollars, all paid for by the taxpayers of New Jersey. Additionally, the ARC tunnel would have sent riders to dead end in Macy’s basement.
“The new plan floated this week by Mayor Bloomberg to extend the Number 7 to Secaucus Junction is much more practical. Under this proposal, train commuters transferring to the Number 7 line in Secaucus would have access to the entire regional rail system, including NJ Transit, Amtrak and the New York Subway system. This proposal makes much more sense for commuters that use the Bergen Main Line than the ARC tunnel ever did and would provide direct access to the east side of Manhattan through Grand Central Station.
“The cost structure for this new plan is more equitable as well. Under the old plan, New Jersey would have paid a third of the original cost as well as 100 percent of the cost overruns. Under the Number 7 line subway extension plan, costs would be spread across the region, with all of the partners bearing an equal share of the risk.
“Of course the devil is in the details, but at the moment I am hopeful that the proposal begins moving forward. I look forward to this project moving forward to ease congestion and create badly needed jobs. This project seems to be a much better proposal for New Jersey, it is less costly for both commuters and most importantly the taxpayers.”