Access to the Region’s Core refund would hurt N.J. Transit capital programs, director says

TRENTON – If New Jersey was forced to pay back the $271 million to the federal government for canceling the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project, the money would have to come at the expense of N.J. Transit’s capital program.

That’s according to Executive Director Jim Weinstein of N.J. Transit.

Weinstein told the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Thursday that the capital program, which contains money to make physical improvements to the rail and bus infrastructure, would have to be reduced to free up funds to make that payment.

However, the agency is fighting that decision, he said.

Gov. Chris Christie canceled the ARC tunnel project late last year, believing it would lead to cost overruns. The money that was earmarked for that project has now been transferred to the Transportation Department’s capital program.

Access to the Region’s Core refund would hurt N.J. Transit capital programs, director says