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Christie, feds to discuss how to fund new Hudson rail tunnel

A man walks to board an Amtrak train in Penn Station in New York City.
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A man walks to board an Amtrak train in Penn Station in New York City.

Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to meet with federal transportation officials to discuss how to pay for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

Electrical failures that caused delays on several days last month reignited the debate over how to pay for a second tunnel and other improvements estimated to cost at least $14 billion.

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Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—which operates bridges, tunnels and airports in the New York area though not the rail tunnel—have said they need a substantial commitment from the government if they are going to pledge their own funds.

Cuomo was invited but declined to participate in Tuesday's meeting. He said recently the tunnel's prospects were "not especially bright."