Different future for A.C.

May 28, 2002 5:36 AM

It’s "Back to the Future" for New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who wants to return Atlantic City into a mecca for families just the way it was a few decades ago. He said he has a plan in the works that will make "Atlantic City the premier family destination site in the nation."

McGreevey, who attracted the ire of the gaming industry recently by proposing a state tax on casino comps, told attendees at the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress, that he will propose that the state cleanup the Boardwalk, improve traffic flow into the resort and study the possibility of a light rail rapid transit system.

The plan, expected to cost about $5 million also would include the addition of 3,500 parking spaces.

Although he didn’t mention his tax proposal on casino comps, McGreevey acknowledged that such a tax would help ease the state’s $5 billion budgetary crunch. "Those are ongoing negotiations," he reportedly said later.

The light rail system McGreevey foresees could link Atlantic City with its airport and the more distant City of Philadelphia. Previously, Delta Connection Airline indicated it will offer daily jet service between its hub in Cincinnati and Atlantic City.