The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth. How excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York. By BRIAN M. ROSENTHAL DEC. , . An accountant discovered the discrepancy while reviewing the budget for new train .The Long Island Rail Road extension project is estimated to cost $ billion in total or nearly $. billion for each new mile of track..New York City subway construction is the most expensive in the world thanks to bloated staffing, inflated wages of up to $, a day, and favoritism to estimated cost of the Long Island Rail Road project that began in has reached $billion which is almost $.billion for each new mile of track..Doing absolutely nothing It s nice work if you can get it, and subway construction workers did, at a rate of $, per day each. That s just one example of the exorbitant costs to expand New York s regional transit network, according to a New York Times investigation. The paper found that public .
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