Dignitaries break ground in North Bergen, New Jersey on the Nation's largest transit project. Construction of a new $8.7 Billion tunnel linking New Jersey and Manhattan with rail service was started t
North Bergen, New Jersey, United States - June 8,2009 - Dignitaries with golden shovels break ground in North Bergen, New Jersey on the nation's largest transit project. Construction of a new $8.7 Billion tunnel linking New Jersey and Manhattan with rail service was started today with the symbolic gesture of breaking ground. Dignitaries from Federal, State, NJ Transit, Port Authority of NY & NJ , and construction unions attended the morning's ceremonies. Attending were Governor Jon S. Corzine, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator Bob Menendez, among others. The ceremony was held alongside a rail bed. Golden shovels were used to toss out the first shovelful of dirt in the tradition of groundbreaking.
Richard Andreski, Chief of Staff of NJ Transit (for the project) brought his infant son.
Select high school students from Paterson, NJ were in attendance and presented with Inaugural tickets for when the tunnel is opened.
The project is known as the Mass Transit Tunnell (MTT) and is being built to benefit the the ridership by doubling the capacity of the current mass transit system.
In addition, the project creates 44,000 new permanent jobs, a direct impact of the Obama stimulus package - the Early Systems Work Agreement provides an initial $1.35 billion to get the project started, half of that comes directly from the federal government including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).