Amtrak, NJ Transit discussing Hudson rail tunnel

TRENTON - (AP) - Amtrak and NJ Transit are discussing the possibility of partnering to build a second train tunnel under the Hudson River.

The discussions come weeks after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie killed a planned tunnel project already in the works because of potential cost overruns.

Amtrak Vice President Al Engel told the Asbury Park Press for Monday's newspapers that the agency is looking into using the tunnel for high-speed rail.

New Jersey Transit says talks with Amtrak are "exploratory."

A spokesman for the governor cautions that such talks do not mean that the scrapped tunnel project is being revived.

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