NEWARK - (AP) - NJ Transit owes the federal government $271million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christiescrapped last month.

The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroadthe bill, saying interest and penalty charges will be added.

The Record newspaper reported the FTA also said it would launcha "complete audit" of the Access to the Region's Core project todetermine how much federal funds still have not been spent.

The $8.7 billion project to construct a rail tunnel between NewJersey and New York was 15 years in the making when Christie pulledthe plug, citing cost overruns.

Officials aren't saying where NJ Transit will get the money topay the bill.

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