Please join us on June 7th at 10AM EDT for our webinar on transit-infrastructure costs. In the webinar, we will present an overview of our research project on transit-infrastructure costs, a deeper examination of our newest cases in Istanbul, Rome, Naples, Milan, and Turin led by Elif Ensari Sucuoglu and Marco Chitti, and engage you in a conversation moderated by Jerusalem Demsas, a staff writer at The Atlantic.
This webinar is a follow up to our first webinar on the Green Line Extension in Massachusetts and will be an opportunity to examine how to build lower cost projects and what lessons there are for American transit agencies, policymakers, advocates, and citizens pushing for new projects. Istanbul has been building new transit lines at a rapid rate over the last 35 years. In the process of building or managing the construction of more than 300 kms of rapid rail, officials and contractors have learned how to optimize tunneling operations, improve station designs, cultivate productive working relationships between the public and private sectors, integrate technology, and develop a robust local construction market. In Rome, Naples, Milan, and Turin, we see how high-level reforms requiring greater transparency filtered down to transit projects and transformed project delivery and management. In the process of curbing corruption and mismanagement, the the case details how reference prices for unique transit related construction activities, high-quality public sector design and management, and cutting edge technology have reduced capital costs. In both Turkey and Italy, politics has been central to keeping costs low and the project pipeline flowing.
If you’re curious about why it’s so expensive to build transit infrastructure in the United States and how our research tackles this issue, please register for the webinar.
Elif, Marco, Alon, and Eric