by Michael Lowrey
Problems with a contractor will force the Charlotte Area Transit System to spend an additional $950,000 to upgrade capacity on the light-rail line.
In April 2014, the City Council awarded a $16.5 million contract with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, mostly to expand four Lynx Blue Line stations so they can handle three-car trains instead of the standard two-car trains.
The construction was supposed to be finished in September. But the city said the project was delayed due to “changes in contract management, additional work added to the project and insufficient contractor resources.”
The city hopes the work will be finished by the end of June.
Am I surprised by this? No. If there’s one thing that rail transit system know how to do, it’s have construction projects run over budget.