New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie canceled the Trans-Hudson Tunnel project at the end of October, but the state is still on the hook for $271 million in work done before the cancellation, according to an Associated Press report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) set a deadline of Dec. 24 for New Jersey to pay for the work, FTA stated in a Nov. 24 letter to NJ Transit’s Executive Director Jim Weinstein. The bill covers New Jersey’s share of more than $600 million that was spent on engineering, construction and environmental studies for the project to bore a second transit rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey has the right to request a review of the charges and dispute any part of them. The governor’s office has not announced whether it will pay or dispute the bill.