NEWARK - (AP) - Money meant to build a new rail tunnel underthe Hudson River might be used to purchase new train cars.

NJ Transit has asked the North Jersey Transportation PlanningAuthority to let it spend $75 million for 100 multilevel coaches.

Gov. Chris Christie scrapped the tunnel project in Octoberbecause he feared cost overruns. NJ Transit has hired a law firm tofight a $271 million bill to repay federal funds spent on theproject.

The Record newspaper reports NJ Transit chief planner RichRoberts told the authority the new rail cars have already beenordered and are due to arrive in early 2012.

Roberts said multiple sources of funding were available had thetunnel money not been freed up.