Gov. Christie to meet with federal officials over Hudson tunnel plan

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NEWARK, N.J.— For train commuters into New York City who view a new tunnel under the Hudson River as the answer to all their hopes and dreams, a sobering reality is ahead.

A push to fund a new tunnel has gained momentum since electrical problems caused several days of delays last month. That's the scheduled topic when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with federal transportation officials Tuesday.

Rail experts and Amtrak officials caution a new tunnel won't immediately double the maximum number of trains between New Jersey and New York. That's because the existing tunnel will be closed for repairs for a minimum of two years once a new one is built.

Two new tracks also are needed in northern New Jersey, between Newark and Secaucus, and Penn Station needs to be expanded.