New Jersey governor to hold talks about transportation amid commuter delays

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 18, 2015 11:09 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to meet with federal and state transportation officials on Tuesday to address the lengthy train delays that have frustrated commuters in recent weeks.

Electrical problems in the rail tunnels linking New Jersey and New York City under the Hudson River caused delays that doubled and tripled the work commute of tens of thousands of people this summer, most recently on Monday.

In testimony to New Jersey lawmakers last week, a representative for Amtrak, the national passenger rail operator, said the delays would likely increase until the tunnels were renovated.

Both Christie, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have said they would like to see increased federal funding for a new rail project.

Christie's meeting in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday is scheduled to include U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, both U.S. senators from New Jersey and the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

(Reporting by Katie Reilly; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)