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Biden Gaffe: VP Says New Rail Tunnel Being Built For Cars

As reported by The Record: The Record had a chance to ask about an environmental group’s complaint that Amtrak would not be able to use the new Hudson River tunnel – which is benefitting from a provision of the stimulus bill increasing the Federal Transit Administration’s debt limit -- because it doesn’t go to Penn Station. Biden said Amtrak was getting its share of stimulus money and more projects would be announced in a few days.

Then he offered this: “Look, this is designed, this totally new tunnel, is designed to provide for automobile traffic,” Biden said. “It’s something, as you know, up your way, that’s been in the works and people have been clamoring for for a long time.” For the record, the tunnel is for trains, and its completion would allow for more NJ Transit trains during peak hours and “one-seat” rides into Midtown Manhattan on lines serving Bergen and Passaic counties.

Currently riders on those lines must switch trains.

The Record: Biden gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars?

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