Capital District Transportation Authority

Capital Construction Management Practices (Follow-Up Review)

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) provides transportation services in a four-county area. In 1997, CDTA initiated the construction of a new Amtrak rail station in Rensselaer to replace the existing facility. In our prior audit report 2001-S-48, we examined CDTA’s management of this project and identified several weaknesses. In particular, we found that CDTA lacked experience managing projects of this nature and did not develop adequate business systems to support the project. We recommended improvements that would assist CDTA in the management of future construction projects. In our follow-up review, we found that CDTA has made progress in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report, has initiated a new construction project (the construction of new train station in Saratoga Springs), and has improved its capabilities for managing such projects. However, further improvements could still be made in certain of CDTA’s construction management practices.

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