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Steven J. Dundas
Trans-Hudson tunnel project launched with first contract award
NJ Transit last week awarded the first construction contract for the proposed $8.7 billion rail tunnel into New York,
following 14 years of planning, design and community outreach. Ferreira Construction Co. Inc., of Branchburg, won the
$13.6 million contract to build a railroad underpass under Tonnelle Avenue, in North Bergen, according to an agency
statement. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.
The contract is being financed from NJ Transit’s $424 million share of the stimulus funding under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the agency said.
Called the Access to the Region’s Core mass transit tunnel, the project will more than double the number of peak-
hour trains between New Jersey and New York, from 23 to 48 an hour, clearing bottlenecks on the two existing rail tracks.
NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey have committed $5.7 billion to the project, and have
sought $3 billion in federal funding. The federal commitment so far is $378 million, including $200 million the White
House approved two weeks ago.
In a statement, Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia said the contract for the tunnel “underscores what we’ve
The project’s goal is to more than double the number of peak-hour trains been saying for some time: the ARC rail tunnel is shovel-ready.” Future contracts will cover construction of the tunnels
running between New York and New Jersey each weekday. under the Palisades and the Hudson River, and an expanded New York Penn Station, the statement said. – Shankar P.
legislation, but making this practice ies and testing on his patients
Cramer Hill NOW plan a reality requires a long-term collab- “when, in fact, he did not personally
wins community nod oration between life sciences and perform such tests, nor was he
Deals around the state
information technology companies. qualified to perform them,” accord- ■ Bluenog, a provider of enterprise software in Piscataway, said New
CAMDEN — The so-called Cramer That will be the topic of the New ing to the statement. York University’s Langone Medical Center is now using its Bluenog
Hill NOW Neighborhood and Jersey Technology Council’s daylong Nisivoccia allegedly submitted ICE product. The medical center is using the software solution to
Waterfront Park project in the city conference, “E-Health Summit: the claims to New Jersey Manufac- develop an informational Web resource center to be used by its staff
got closer to reality last week, suc- Future Shock — What’s Next,” on May turers Insurance Co. and its affili- of 15,000. Bluenog ICE is a type of content management and
cessfully capping a seven-month 20 at the New Jersey Hospital Associ- ate, New Jersey Re-Insurance Co., business intelligence software.
process to win community accept- ation conference center in Princeton. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., and ■ Aveta Inc., a managed care company in Fort Lee, said it entered
ance including surveys, focus The conference will feature other firms. into an agreement with MedeAnalytics, in Emeryville, Calif., to
groups and meetings. panel discussions on the e-health New Jersey Re-Insurance Co.’s provide analytics to two Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico.
The project envisages con- marketplace and regulatory and IT special investigative unit uncovered PMC Medicare Choice Inc. and Medicare y Mucho Más Inc. serve
struction worth more than $860 standards issues; there will be discus- the alleged scam, according to Mil- some 182,000 Medicare Advantage members across Puerto Rico. The
million over 20 years to build 3,053 sion groups devoted to manufactur- gram’s office. – Martin C. Daks companies will use the analytics solutions to manage costs and care
residential units and 377,155 square ing, research, patient confidentiality for their members.
feet of commercial space, according and telemedicine. – Beth Fitzgerald ■ Shopping center developer and manager Levin Management
to Cramer Hill Community Devel-
Verizon Wireless stores Corp., in Plainfield, said World Champion K Taekwondo, a martial
opment Corp., the agency leading
Chiropractor charged launch netbook sales arts studio, signed a leased agreement for Chatman Plaza, in
the neighborhood revitalization Chatham. The studio plans to open this m