We agree with Gov. Christie and his administration that the ARC project as proposed was too expensive, and it was flawed. It did not allow connectivity at Penn Station, and it could not be extended to the East Side. The organizations representing New Jesey’s rail riders raised these issues, and we were heard and believed.
New Jersey must save money, but putting it toward more highways is not the answer. The answer is to upgrade Penn Station and build new tunnels to go there, under the Moynihan/Penn Station First alternative. That would save money, give riders a better station in Manhattan, and allow expansion to the East Side in the future.
We know that Commissioner Simpson is aware of the transit needs of the entire region, and we hope he can help New Jersey become part of the means for meeting those needs.
DAVID PETER ALAN
Chair, Lackawanna Coalition