Less than a year after hiking fares and cutting service on NJ Transit, Governor Christie and his administration have taken aim at the Access to the Region's Core tunnel, which could double the number of trains running from New Jersey to Midtown Manhattan. ARC would reduce traffic, shorten commutes, provide access to higher-paying jobs in Manhattan, create new jobs in New Jersey, reduce air pollution, and increase property values for Garden State homeowners.
Administration officials have suggested that killing the tunnel would allow the state to plug gaps in its transportation budget. But New Jersey doesn't need another one-shot budget fix that comes at the expense of long-term needs.
Earlier this month, US Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood met with Gov. Christie to try to work out a solution that does not involve killing this critical project. The governor will make his decision at the end of this week. He needs to hear from New Jerseyans how important this tunnel is.
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