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... The interviewee also discussed the dynamics of public participation during the federal environmental review process, and particularly the challenge arising from litigation based on federal environmental requirements, which can increase project costs considerably and effectively stymy a transit mega project even if challenging litigants are ultimately unsuccessful. The interviewee discussed how various federal requirements seeking to achieve public benefits, such as Buy America provisions, may also delay mega projects or result in higher costs.
From page 50...
... The interview covered preliminary engineering and investigations and dispute resolution and contractor claims. The interviewee described their experience with contractor claims that arose after commencement of construction of a light rail line project for which the public entity decided not to conduct extensive subsurface investigations, a decision that was made to avoid disrupting existing urban communities.

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