Adding Up the Costs for the North Shore Connector

Costs for the Port Authority’s North Shore Connector keep rising. Not only are the costs of the project itself increasing, but so are the costs being imposed on the public, transit riders, and businesses who are being inconvenienced , and in some cased harmed, by its construction. While the Authority has built in a contingency fund for inevitable project cost overruns, the ink on the proposal wasn’t even dry yet when problems began to occur. The finished Connector will look very different from the one approved by Federal authorities a few years ago. Nor will the final price tag reflect the true total cost of its construction since the Port Authority’s estimates do not take into account the costs imposed on the public caused by the construction. Continue