There’s a rumor floating around the capitol that the long-anticipated audit of the over-budget New Haven Rail Yard project will now not be released until AFTER Christmas.
Although there is still the paranoid part of me that thinks Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration will issue the findings some time tomorrow afternoon, when reporters are leaving for Christmas Eve and it will be difficult for those still on the job to track down people for comment.
Rell proposed upgrading the railyard in 2005 as part of her transportation initiative, which included the purchase of 300 or so new Metro North train cars to service lower Fairfield County.
Earlier this year it was revealed the cost of the project had quadrupled from the estimated $300 million to over $1.2 billion.
Rell initially denied having been aware of the issue, but it then surfaced that both state budget chief Robert Genuario of Norwalk and Rell chief-of-staff Lisa Moody were aware of the rising price tag last year.
In June Rell decided to spend $630,000 to audit the rail yard plans for cost savings. The administration had initially said the audit would be completed by the end of September.