Bergen Record Questions Deep-Cavern Terminal Plan

Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin questioned the cost-effectiveness of the NJT proposal to build a deep-cavern terminal under 34th Street in Manhattan rather than bring new tunnels and tracks to the East Side.  In his column published on Monday, December 21st, Doblin said, “The reality is that putting more people in the same part of Manhattan is just plain dumb.”  Doblin criticized the proposed deep-cavern terminal because New York’s water tunnel lies between the proposed terminal and the East Side, making it impossible to extend the tracks to Grand Central Terminal.  He said, “This should be a deal-breaker for the project as planned.  It makes little sense to expend billions and billions of dollars for a less-than-perfect solution.”  The Record is the first major media outlet to question the NJT plan.