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New Jersey commuters got a step closer to a one-seat ride to Grand Central Thursday.
James Simpson, the federal transit administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said it was common sense to extend the commuter rail tunnel planned to terminate at Penn Station east to the area around Grand Central Terminal.
"We have to find a way while the machines are underground to bring that project further east," Simpson said.
The first tunnel being built under the Hudson River in a century -- known as Access to the Regions Core, or ARC -- is expected to ease crowding on the commuter trains to Penn Station. For years, and particularly in a report released last month, the Regional Plan Association has called for bringing the tunnel to Madison Avenue, then north to 44th Street where it could hopefully be connected by a pedestrian tunnel to Grand Central.