When Gov. Chris Christie made the decision to cancel the ARC project, he heard criticisms that it would be another 20 to 30 years before something was done.
The past couple of months tell a different story
“We now have two different projects to choose from,” he said at the New Jersey Alliance for Action transportation summit at the Trenton Marriott Wednesday.
Amtrak has come up with plans to build additional train service across the Hudson, a $13.5 billion regional train service project, and another plan that’s more scaled down.
He called the canceled ARC tunnel project “a fleecing,” saying it was unfair to taxpayers, with New York benefiting more, which he said “didn’t pay a nickel” toward the tunnel project. He said he didn’t want to leave the taxpayers on the hook for cost overruns, which were projected to be between $2 billion and $5 billion.
Christie said his five-year, $8 billion transportation capital plan relies less on bonding and more of a “Pay as you go” approach. The money will be matched by the federal government and is intended to fix roads and bridges.
He once again said he’s against increasing the gas tax, which hasn’t increased since 1988.