Democratic lawmakers and Amtrak Monday announced a $13.5 billion plan to increase rail service between New Jersey and Manhattan by building two new train tunnels underneath the Hudson River.

The proposal is an alternative to a canceled mass transit tunnel, called the Access to the Region’s Core, or ARC tunnel, that Republican Gov. Chris Christie terminated in late October. He said that New Jersey could not afford the project’s potential cost overruns of $1.1 billion to $4 billion.

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