Capital New York:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to build the city's most ambitious fast bus service in southeastern Queens have grown a good deal more expensive than anticipated.
The project once was estimated to cost $200 million but now is expected to cost $400 million, according to Polly Trottenberg, de Blasio's transportation commissioner, who testified on Wednesday before the New York City Council.
As planners worked through the design options, “The price tag for the project grew very large — $400 million — and the timeline grew very long, basically ... into the middle of the next decade," she said.
(The original project was supposed to start construction in 2017 and last a year, according to a 2015 report in the Daily News.)
As has previously been reported, the city now plans to implement the project in phases, beginning with operational improvements like off-board fare payment and concluding, in the second phase, with actual construction.