NJ Transit awarded a $271.7 million contract to PTP Constructors of Secaucas, a joint venture of Schiavone Construction, J.F. Shea Construction and Skanska USA Civil Northeast. The contract is for the design and construction of a mile-long tunnel between North Bergen and Hoboken, roughly 185 feet beneath the Palisades. In December, the first contract was awarded for the Midtown segment of the project. The $583 million contract was awarded to a consortium of Barnard of New Jersey and Judlau Contracting of College Point, N.Y. The third, and last, contract for the Hudson River segment is expected to be awarded next year. The entire Access to the Region's Core project, or ARC, will double the amount of trains that travel to Midtown and eliminate transfers to thousands of NJ Transit riders.