August 9th, 2012

Front-runner to build SF subway station has history of cost overruns

A construction giant with a history of cost overruns and costly legal battles is the leading candidate to build a new subway station in San Francisco.

Since 2000, Tutor-Saliba Construction has completed 11 major projects in the Bay Area with cost overruns totaling $765 million, 40% higher than the original bids, according to our analysis. Tutor’s $239 million bid to build the Chinatown station is currently being evaluated by SFMTA.

Our new chart gives a look at some of the company’s cost overruns. Read the full story here.

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