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State Comptroller: Design Errors Clog MTA’s Project Pipeline

An audit of six recent Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit capital projects totaling $817.5 million found errors throughout the project pipeline that contributed to delays and higher costs, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. Many of the problems were tied to MTA’s failure to follow its own procedures or properly oversee contractors.

Four of the six projects ran into design-related issues during construction, leading to delays and additional costs. All six projects fell behind schedule, and four incurred cost overruns totaling $43.2 million.

“This audit found numerous problems in the MTA’s capital projects pipeline that led to delays and cost overruns,” DiNapoli said. “These are red flags that fall within the MTA’s power to fix. As the MTA strives to improve the system for riders and overhaul its operations, we hope it takes a close look at what we found in this report and our recommendations.”


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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