Grab the emergency brake! Plans to upgrade New Haven's rail maintenance center might soon be on hold.
A new audit of the Department of Transportation's plans recommends major design changes and delaying some parts of the project.
The audit, which cost $630,000, was conducted after news that the project costs were escalating from $300 million to $1.2 billion.
The New Haven rail yard is being upgraded to accommodate a new fleet of 300 Metro-North Railroad cars, which are expected to arrive late this year.
Despite the suggested changes to the project, it will still cost $849 million to build the facility. That's nearly three times what Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly approved back in 2005.