The Filtration Metaphor: An Analysis of Delays in New York's 7 Line Extension


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In December 2013, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a flashy press conference at an under-construction subway station, claiming that the station would be completed "on time and on budget." That was before a series of eight delays left the project over a year behind schedule. I will examine how different institutions--transportation authorities, independent engineers, and the media--described the rationale for each construction delay. In the process, I will describe a new conceptual model for understanding how information about large-scale construction projects gets from the construction site to the morning newspaper. I will also explain how this model allows for a better understanding of the general factors that lead to construction delays.