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Cuomo and Christie Ask Obama to Go Splitsies on New Rail Tunnels

After years of canceled projects and saying things like “It’s not my tunnel,” governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have come up with a plan to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River — something that needs to happen soon if we don’t want “transportation Armageddon” to happen, according to Senator Chuck Schumer. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit were plagued with many groan-inducing delays this summer because of the type of problems you’d expect to happen in tunnels that are about a century old. The plan mostly entails begging the federal government to pay for half of the project’s estimated $14 billion to $20 billion price tag. “We assure you that, if we have the funding, we will get it done,” the governors promised in a letter to President Obama yesterday. “Our shovels are ready.” 

Schumer responded to the plan — which includes a version of his idea to create a separate entity in charge of the project and its funding — on Tuesday using an egregious, if topical, metaphor: “There is light at the beginning of the tunnel.”

Cuomo and Christie Need Help on Rail Tunnels