Seeking to keep an endangered $8.7-billion trans-Hudson River rail tunnel plan alive, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has bought the project a little more time. Proposed route was downriver from existing Amtrak tunnel. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie [R] had announced Oct. 7 that he was killing the project. But after meeting with LaHood the following day in Trenton, Christie agreed to a two-week study of unspecified project "options". Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether the results of that study will convince Christie to do an about-face and give the plan a green light. Supporters of the Access to
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