Application to restore Lackawanna Cutoff denied stimulus dollars

Submitted by ragnarok on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 11:48
NJ Transit

Are we ever going to see this line reinstated?

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$401M application to restore Lackawanna Cutoff denied stimulus dollars

Plans to connect a passenger line from Pennsylvania to Hoboken hit a snag when an application for federal stimulus funding was denied.

The Lackawanna Cutoff project seeks to revive an abandoned route that would connect passengers from Scranton, Pa., to Hoboken, accommodating transfers to Penn Station, in Manhattan.

The application for some $401 million to fully fund the interstate project was denied last month by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to NJ Transit, Pennsylvania’s application was a pitch to bring high-speed rail to the existing tracks, which would need to be rehabilitated, as the rails have been removed. “Our role was to provide Pennsylvania with the technical information for thier application,” spokesman Dan Stessel said.