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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #38)

Thu Feb 13, 2014, 12:54 PM

41. Cancelling the ARC was showboating to the Tea Party...

...both to its Jersey contingent and getting the ones across the nation to think happy thoughts about him. If his allies didn't have contracts or other direct financial stake in the project, for him personally it would be a low-cost method of boosting his profile. Also, if it had gone through and a rasie in the gas tax was needed, he could count on the Teabaggers holding a grudge, but it was done far enough ahead of the 2012 and 2013 elections that nobody else would, and probably move onto other things. With the Wildstein/Baroni committee manufacturing a justification full of omissions, exagerations and with a cherry(-picked data) on top, it suited his agenda.

This Hoboken HBLR stop, and the Harrison PATH upgrade, seem like more run-of-the-mill wheeling and dealing over the way infrastructure improvements and real estate development interact. I take both the HBLR and PATH through the areas in question about twice a month. So here's my non-expert opinion:

The area in Hoboken appears to be an underused industrial zone in an area that has become a Gold Coast for residential and business development: nice views, relatively easy access to Manhattan, but without the Manhattan prices. That particular area, though, is a mile and a half from the Hoboken Terminal where people can catch the PATH train or NY Waterways ferries into Manhattan. NYW also has ferry stops at Lincoln Harbor (about a half mile away, with its own HBLR stop) and at Port Imperial (a mile an a half, also with an HBLR stop). So only the Lincoln Harbor NYW stop is within easy walking distance, and the ferries are more expensive and offer less frequent service than the PATH. Any residential development in that area by anyone would want that new LR stop. That doesn't mean they didn't try to arm-twist the mayor who has other priorities than their particular development project, but it's not a "bridge to nowhere" situation. It would improve access to and from an area that mostly has traffic going around it rather than through it.

Similarly, the area in Harrison near the PATH station appears to be a similar underused industrial area, filled with warehouses that no longer have much filling them. It's also right across the Passaic River from downtown Newark (the Harrison station is a half mile from the terminal at Newark Penn Station), and has a new 25,000-seat sports and entertainment arena, less than 10 minutes walk from the PATH station, that opened in 2010 (and had been under construction since 2006). Revitalization project in Newark, the new arena traffic (it hosts NYC's pro soccer team), and easy access to lower and midtown Manhattan all argue in favor of upgrading the Harrison station. Again, it's not a "bridge to nowhere" sort of thing, there are plenty of non-Christie reasons for it to go through. That doesn't mean that Christie-connected people weren't in there using all the leverage they have to get the best goodies for their projects.

Basically, I think that what's involved with the two rail stops are different -- and more mundane -- beasts than the ARC cancellation, the Sandy aid redirection, and using the GWB toll lanes to deliberately gridlock Fort Lee.

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