Subway Construction Costs: The Role of the Engineer

by Robert S. O'Neil, (M.ASCE), Sr. Vice Pres. and Eastern Region Mgr.; De Leuw, Cather & Co., Washington D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 447-454

Document Type: Journal Paper


Methods of controlling costs through design in the underground construction of transit system are covered. Seven types of stations were development according to method of excavation, and cost estimates were prepared for different depths of cover to show the potential range of costs. A full-height station with mezzanine inside the train room was established as a reference. The costs of the various types of stations were found to vary as much as 100%. New construction techniques which offer cost saving opportunities are also explored as well as the importance of selecting a designer on the basis of credentials instead of fee.

Subject Headings: Subways | Construction costs | Underground construction | Excavation | Railroad stations | Fees

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