Bloomberg Plans a Subway to New Jersey

To replace the tunnel Chris Christie called off
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 12:29 PM CST
Commuters wait for their subway train in New York, Wednesday, July 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg is hatching a plan to build a subway tunnel under the Hudson River linking Manhattan to Secaucus, NJ. The plan is designed to replace the long-planned tunnel from New Jersey that Chris Christie killed when he came into office, and according to a secret memorandum obtained by the New York Times, it would cost about half as much as that project, because the city is already extending a tunnel near the waterfront.

The tunnel “could address many of the region’s transportation capacity issues,” said a spokesman for the deputy mayor, but “the idea is still in it its earliest stages.” Christie, Bloomberg and Andrew Cuomo—a Republican, an Independent, and a Democrat, for those keeping score at home—would probably have to cooperate to build the tunnel. A Christie spokesman says he's open to it, but a Cuomo spokesman says there haven't been any talks yet.

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