With the New Jersey-New York rail tunnel plans now discarded, NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein wants to shift the public focus to another $2.5 billion in capital improvement projects under way. However, some observers are not pleased: "We're really at a loss for words as New Jersey throws away $3 billion in federal dollars when funds are scarce, more than 40,000 jobs when unemployment soars and we cut off mobility in a state choked with traffic," said Zoe Baldwin, the New Jersey advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Meanwhile, the agency said it wasn't clear whether it would have to return to the Federal Railroad Administration a $271 million check earmarked for the tunnel.

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