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April 26, 2012

Public-private deals seen boosting road projects

Chicago Tribune
Public-private partnerships, more popular in Europe than in the United States, bring together public authorities and the equity and expertise of private companies. One example is a new two-lane tunnel beside the existing Midtown Tunnel between
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TN MOVING STORIES: Chicago Police Crash Reports Riddled With Errors, NJ’s Huge Transpo Debt, Feds Criticize LA Bus Service Cuts

…Chris Christie is doing enough to wean New Jersey off its reliance on borrowing to pay for transportation projects. (AP via  And, oh yeah, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Exec is reeling in a cooling half mil a year in salary. (Newark Star-Ledger) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for a second tech campus,…

from Transportation Nation – Apr 24, 2012 (23 hours ago)

Senate Committee approves $20M for Gateway planning

…Chris Christie canceled the ARC Tunnel, a few projects rushed in to the fill the void. We know the 7 train to Secaucus won’t happen any time soon, but Amtrak’s Gateway Tunnel seems to have legs. Projected today to cost $14.5 billion and still an optimistic decade away from seeing the light of day, Gateway is nonetheless moving through Congress. …

from Second Ave. Sagas – Apr 20, 2012 (5 days ago)

Trans-Hudson Tunnel Awarded Another $20 Million — If Congress Okays It

…Governor Chris Christie in 2010. According to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who ‘s trying to bring a new rail tunnel to fruition, Gateway is expected to increase Amtrak and NJ Transit’s capacity into New York by 65 percent. Both New Jersey senators have thrown their support behind the project. “The Gateway Tunnel is critical to addressing our…

from Transportation Nation – Apr 19, 2012 (6 days ago)

Suburban representatives decry commuter tax

…Chris Christie was quick to lend his voice to the issue. He called the plan “penny-wise and pound foolish” and claimed boosting the transit system that powers the city would harm the region’s economy. For his part, Stringer fired back with a statement. “Job killing?” he said. “When Gov. Christie de-railed the ARC tunnel, he cost the region more…

from Second Ave. Sagas – Apr 19, 2012 (6 days ago)

TN MOVING STORIES: House Passes Transpo Funding “Shell Bill”, Ford Bets Big on China, Silver Line Dealt Budget Blow

Christie Appointee Feud Over Toll Hike, ARC Tunnel (link) NYC Prize for Subway App That Works While Underground (link) Report: LaHood Says There’s No Hope of Transpo Bill Before November (link) As NY Taxi Commission Prepares for Historic Vote, Dissent Looms (link) APTA: As Gas Prices Mount, Transit Savings Approach Historic Highs (link) Silver L…

from Transportation Nation – Apr 19, 2012 (6 days ago)

Lautenberg, Christie Appointee Feud Over Toll Hike, ARC Tunnel

…Governor Chris Christie killed the ARC commuter tunnel under the Hudson River in late 2010.  Last summer’s  Hudson River toll hikes — raised by as much as 50% — only added fuel to the fire. Lautenberg had a line of questions prepared, including when the Governors of New Jersey and New York knew about the 2010 toll hikes and whether Baroni though…

from Transportation Nation – Apr 19, 2012 (6 days ago)

In Court Push, Christie Tests Limits of His Power

Chris Christie is petitioning the state’s Supreme Court to weigh in on a court ruling that overturned his unilateral decision to disband an affordable-housing agency. If heard by the New Jersey’s highest court, the case is expected to have larger ramifications onChristie’s use of executive powers, legal experts said. The case could also be cons…

from Metropolis – Apr 13, 2012 6:53 AM

Report Faults Christie’s Tunnel Numbers

…Chris Christie ended the project. A federal report released Tuesday found that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exaggerated the projected cost overruns of a tunnel to Penn Station, which had been the largest infrastructure project in the U.S. before the governor killed the project. The Government Accountability Office concluded that cost estimat…

from Metropolis – Apr 10, 2012 7:44 PM



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