The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Thursday moved forward with a freight-rail expansion program while offering little information on the future of a new passenger-rail tunnel that would run between New Jersey and Manhattan.

Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni declined to say what his conversations with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been regarding the $8.7 billion tunnel, called the Access to the Region’s Core. Christie, who appointed Baroni to the bi-state agency, is expected to announce Friday whether the project will move forward.

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