How to fix the MTA’s ‘broken’ capital construction process: report

The Regional Plan Association—which has already proposed some radical changes to get New York's public transit in a state of good repair once more—has taken a hard look at how the MTA builds new subways and commuter rail lines with a new report, “Building Rail Transit Projects Better for Less.”

In analyzing three rail projects recently built in New York City, the RPA found that the cost of construction is more than twice as high here than in cities like London, Paris, and Los Angeles. The reasons, the group found, go way beyond overstaffing, outdated work rules or padded contracts (issues the New York Times took a hard look at late last year.)

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