Amtrak has no interest in ARC tunnel

(AP) - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are no longertalking about a commuter rail tunnel.Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham told The Record newspaper thenational railroad is

NEWARK - (AP) - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are no longertalking about a commuter rail tunnel.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham told The Record newspaper thenational railroad is not interested in partnering with New Jersey.

Graham told the newspaper there were "exploratory talks." The railroad issued a statement on Thursday night saying itsprimary interest is advancing high-speed rail service along theNortheast Corridor. The statement concluded by saying any potentialjoint rail project would require NJ Transit's commitment to "fullyfund all costs associated with creating additional commuter traincapacity."

The announcement came one day after Gov. Chris Christie told thenewspaper's editorial board that Amtrak was interested inengineering work and other plans NJ Transit had completed for thescrapped Hudson River rail tunnel.

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