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Jan 02 2018

$3.5 Billion per Mile for NYC Train Track Extension

Because people are not frugal with other people’s money, government spending is characteristically inefficient — and rarely more so than in Bill de Blasio’s New York City. A Long Island Rail Road extension project is estimated to cost almost $3.5 billion for each new mile of track:

That staggering $3.5 billion price tag is seven times higher than the average cost in the rest of the world.

Here’s one way they run up such outlandish costs for the East Side Access project:

An accountant discovered in 2010 that 200 individuals working on the 3.5-mile-long tunnel connecting the two railroads had essentially no reason to be on the job.

Eventually they were fired, but no one seems to know how long they were getting paid $1,000 per day, apparently to do nothing.

An internal report by the consulting firm Arup concluded that underground construction in New York “employs approximately four times the number of personnel as in similar jobs in Asia, Australia, or Europe.”

On the positive side, New York’s profligacy with taxpayer money is highly lucrative for those with connections.

East Side Access is barely breaking new ground when it comes to waste:

In early 2017, Manhattan residents saw the completion of phase one of the infamous Second Avenue Subway on the Upper East Side. The price tag was $4.4 billion, or $2.5 billion per mile.

It might be cheaper to extend the subway with solid gold rails, but with someone other than de Blasio et al. in charge.

On tips from Sean C and Bodhisattva.

14 Responses to “$3.5 Billion per Mile for NYC Train Track Extension”

  1. Kevin R. says:

    I don’t remember who said it but it’s true: “The purpose of taxes aren’t for government agencies, the purpose of government agencies are for taxes.”

  2. Bully says:

    If you have it, spend it. /s

  3. MAS says:

    The unions, don’t forget the unions. NYC isn’t allowed to do much without a union involved…


    Germany’s old capital finally makes the news again:
    Car full of “men” rapid fires fireworks at passersby..

  5. 127guy says:

    Was cheaper when the Mafia was involved. Then again, it looks like the Mafia was replaced with government unions that are even worse.

  6. Occam's Stubble says:

    The Empire State building was constructed in under 18 months. The WTC rebuild took, what, fifteen years?

  7. Occam's Stubble says:

    Imagine that. Virtually guaranteed employment makes workers lazy. Who’d have thunk it?

  8. Richard Daniels says:

    Going to use that quote.

  9. 127guy says:

    Yes, and liberal friends have taken it to the next step – no work at all and demand free stuff paid for by those who do.

  10. Mr. Freemarket says:

    They have to recoup their losses from investing in Hillary.

  11. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Who was it who said “there’s gold in them there hills? “

  12. MAS says:

    Ha made me laugh out loud…

  13. Holdmynose says:

    Much of that overpayment will find it’s way into DNC pockets. It’s how they need to roll

  14. […] does the MTA need so much money? Maybe because it has been spending $3.5 billion per mile on subway extensions. The money has to come from somewhere before bureaucrats can flagrantly waste […]

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