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Pennacchio & Doherty Introduce Resolution to Study Regional Rail Cooperation

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Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced a Senate Resolution today that would create the “Passenger Rail System Study Commission” to promote regional cooperation between various rail systems.

“The need for regional cooperation between the various rail systems is long overdue,” Pennacchio began. “We must create a streamlined mass transportation system to move passengers and goods throughout the region quickly and efficiently.

“The future of our competitiveness in the global economy depends on maximizing our assets without resorting to the petty turf battles of the past,” Doherty continued. “There are six separate rail systems, not counting light rail, servicing commuters throughout the New Jersey northeast corridor region; Amtrak, Septa, NJ Transit, PATH and LIRR.

“The need for greater mass-transit cooperation has been highlighted by the cancellation of the ARC tunnel,” Pennacchio stated. “Barely hours after Governor Christie cancelled the bloated trans-Hudson tunnel, both MTA-New York City Transit and Amtrak announced plans for trans-Hudson tunnels that would costs far less than the $9 billion ARC tunnel.”

“I urge all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and on both sides of the river to support this effort that will benefit the region for generations to come,” Doherty concluded.

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