NYC gets money for tunnel it doesn't want

Aug. 3, 2005 at 2:10 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- New York City is in the awkward position of receiving $100 million in federal funds to design a tunnel few are keen to build.

Last Friday, a triumphant U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., informed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Congress had approved the funding for a cross-harbor freight tunnel.

However, the Port Authority did not ask for the $100 million, says it did not know about the grant, and is not very interested in the project, the New York Times reported.

The tunnel has been Nadler's dream, the report said. It would run from Jersey City, N.J., to Brooklyn. But even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out against the project, citing the objections of residents in and around where a freight terminal would be built.

A cross-harbor freight tunnel was discussed as early as 1893, but by 1940 the Port Authority had abandoned the project, and no agency has agreed to build the tunnel, which could cost $4.8 billion to $7.4 billion.

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