Derailed Design

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.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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