CSX Transportation, the
State of New Jersey and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey joined
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to celebrate the opening of the Liberty
Corridor Freightway, a major public-private partnership that provides expanded
access to the Port of New York and New Jersey.
New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie accepted the recommendation of the ARC Project Executive Committee to
terminate the ARC Project based on a 30-day review, which confirmed the project
is expected to substantially exceed its current budget. Based on calculations
by the Federal Transit Administration and the New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit),
the final budget is expected to top $11 billion and could exceed as much as $14
billion, compared to the project's current budget of $8.7 billion.
The raising of a railroad
bridge on Route 148 won't prevent emergency vehicles or school buses from
crossing, but the road will be cut to one lane during the project and will
close to all but buses and emergency vehicles for about a week, state officials
said last night, the Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette reports.
representatives have suggested that Amtrak reroute a portion of its Los Angeles
to Chicago line through Amarillo, Clovis, N.M., and Wichita, Kan., but
officials with the passenger rail service believe the route's current course is
fine, local media report. Amtrak's Southwest Chief route has experienced delays
because BNSF, which owns some of the lines Amtrak travels on, has imposed a
lower speed limit on 180 miles of tracks running mostly through southern