Actions always have consequences. The ARC cancellation abounds in them. In my article before this one I described the development of a fast train and rail line to Atlantic City and Cape May. It would be via Penn Station-Hoboken-Newark-Red Bank-Atlantic City-Cape May and it could change the future of Atlantic City and southeastern New Jersey for the better.
However, there is a problem which I did not mention yesterday: The rail tubes under the Hudson may not have the capacity to admit those new express trains to southern New Jersey. That could rule out Penn Station as the starting point. The Hoboken station, I believe, is simply a transit station and does not have a size for becoming the starting point of a new line.
That makes Cape May the next best candidate for a central rail station. But a rail line serving the entire length of the New Jersey shore should have a very accessible point for residents of the state on start. Cape May is too south. Both Hoboken and Newark are too east and lack sufficient parking. For most residents of Northern New Jersey trying to reach the shore, the Garden State Parkway would still be the means of choice.
Enter Xanadu: The mall that nobody cares for with the exception of governor Christie.
It is centrally located. It has abundant parking. The building, although odd-looking, is already there. Connecting it to the NJT Bergen County Line should be short work (about 3 miles) and from there on it would follow the already existing track through Red Bank when it would deviate onto its own new track bordering the GSP. The express would be reduced to convoy speed on shared tracks but once it left Red Bank I figure it could reach AC in less than one hour.
I as an example, living in Hopatcong, NW New Jersey, could hop in my car, drive 45 minutes to Xanadu, park there, catch the train and be in Cape May in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. NYC residents could catch that train at Hoboken but in their case it would involve changing trains.
And Xanadu could still have its mall. But this time it would have many more visitors.
Plans like this are what developing the state means. It makes the state more desirable to live in. And that includes investors and entrepreneurs. It also means jobs and more demand for goods and services.