Following a state audit, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has called for New Haven’s $1.2 billion rail yard construction project to be scaled down and phased in. The project concerns an upgrade of the rail yard by Union Station.

Rell called for the audit after the project’s budget ballooned from $300 million to $1.2 billion. The screw-up drew an apology from the state’s budget chief and prompted one state legislator to dub it “the Next Big Dig” (Click here and here for related stories.)

The original 15-year plan would add a storage yard, upgrade support utilities and add new tracks to accommodate more trains and more riders. In an audit, Hill International, Inc. suggested deferring or eliminating parts of the project, and moving ahead with a first phase that would cost $849.3 million.

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