Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he expects to meet with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and federal transportation officials in the next few weeks to discuss plans for new Hudson River rail tunnels, on the heels of a string of delays that have highlighted the region’s aging and unreliable rail infrastructure.
Christie made the comments a day after federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote to Christie and Cuomo after trains were delayed into Manhattan on five out of six weekdays.
Electrical problems or disabled trains in the tunnels caused delays for New Jersey commuters four days last week and again Monday. Amtrak service up and down the Northeast corridor also was affected.
Amtrak owns most of the tracks and equipment, most of which is several decades old. The tunnels under the Hudson River were built more than a century ago and the power cables are 80 years old.
Christie canceled a tunnel project in 2010 over concerns that New Jersey would be responsible for cost overruns. He said last week if he’s elected president he’ll get a new tunnel built if both states and the federal government are equal partners.