New Jersey Transit and Amtrak are in preliminary discussions to improve passenger rail service between New Jersey and Manhattan following New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s termination of a $9.4 billion commuter-rail tunnel that was the nation’s largest public transportation project.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole confirmed that the national rail system has been talking with NJTransit since Christie ended the tunnel project — called the Access to the Region’s Core — saying the state could not afford it. Those talks range from resurrecting the ARC tunnel project to finding alternative ways to enhance or expand rail service between the Garden State and Manhattan, according to Cole.

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