A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 29, 2005
PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson); THE (Trans-Hudson Express tunnel)
"PATH" is the "Port Authority Trans-Hudson." It's not bad, as acronyms go. The Port Authority could have stopped there, but now there's--

"THE," the "Trans-Hudson Express" tunnel! It's a much-needed tunnel, but billions are required to build it. Newspaper accounts are already using "the THE tunnel." Ugh!

24 July 1963, Los Angeles Times, pg. 1:
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - A Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) train collided with a parked diesel engine early today.

9 February 2005, Associated Press Newswires, "NJ Transit touts proposed rail tunel as a job creator" by Wayne Parry:
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - NJ Transit hopes to get its plan for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River on track, touting it as a job creator and time-saver for thousands of commuters.

A study released Wednesday says the proposed Trans-Hudson Express tunnel, known as the "THE," would immediately double rail capacity into and out of New York, meet NJ Transit's needs for at least 20 years, and help support development along the west side of Manhattan as well as in New Jersey.

There's just one problem: Getting the $5 billion or so it would take to build it.

"The THE tunnel project fuels economic growth and wealth in the region as a whole-helping the economy of both New Jersey and New York," said acting Gov. Richard J. Codey. "The most important benefit of the THE tunnel is the enhancement of regional competitiveness."

22 February 2005, The Record (NJ), pg. L10:
This region urgently needs another new rail tunnel connecting New Jersey with Manhattan, and the $5 billion effort can't begin soon enough.

This tunnel cannot be dismissed as just another high-priced transportation project on a big wish list. For the sake of the regional economy, New Jersey and New York can ill afford not to build this key tunnel. Now called "THE" Tunnel - short for Trans- Hudson Express - the project would substantially boost commuter rail service in North Jersey and provide many commuters with a one-seat ride into midtown Manhattan.

Posted by Barry Popik
Transportation • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 29, 2005 • Permalink