Nation's Largest Mass Transit Project is under Way

The second passenger rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River will link New Jersey with New York and will also double the capacity on the nation's busiest rail corridor.
June 10, 2009, 10am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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"The largest mass transit project in the country got under way Monday with the help of federal stimulus dollars, as public officials broke ground on a second passenger rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River.

Officials participated in the groundbreaking for the $8.7 billion project as commuter trains passed behind them in North Bergen, New Jersey, before entering the existing train tunnel, which went into operation in 1908.

It is the largest commitment to any transportation project anywhere in the United States in the history of the Department of Transportation, according to administrator Peter Rogoff of the Federal Transportation Administration.

The project -- known as ARC, for Access to the Region's Core -- is expected to create 6,000 design and construction jobs."

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Published on Monday, June 8, 2009 in CNN
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