Busted Budgets: Budapest Metro Line 4

At its completion in March of 2014, the Budapest Metro Line 4 was two years past deadline and 4.5 times over-budget. On opening day, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, joked about the construction delays when he said,

“I myself remember the once popular joke that Chuck Norris has already traveled on the M4. Today, you don’t need to be Chuck Norris to ride it.”

Original Budget: $443,426,520

Final Cost: $2,006,505,000

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