Picture PMUA Trucks Hauling Tunnel Debris
Here are the words of Jerry Green from his blog:
"Also, I had an opportunity to talk to leadership at New Jersey Transit in terms of exploring ideas and ways that we can use the services of municipalities like the City of Plainfield for example, utilizing the PMUA trucks when digging out the tunnels. This is just an example of the different sort of services the City can offer, facilitating economic growth within the City."
Not only does Jerry mix municipal government and an autonomous authority, he apparently overlooks the difference in usage of these vehicles. And now that the vehicles are leased and not owned by PMUA, what would the leasing agency think about the change of usage? How far afield would they have to travel to carry out this operation? Where would they take the dirt?
The whole thing reminds me of a past scheme in which dirt was removed from the Muhlenberg site, allegedly stored illegally on a South Second Street lot and then allegedly trucked to the Plainfield Health Center site for fill. Who made money and how?
As soon as I heard about the tunnel project, I recalled the Schools Construction Corporation, where millions went down a rat-hole with no accounting to date. Given New Jersey's spotty history of oversight and accountability, how do we know that this project will not have a similar outcome?