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Paris Gets Early Start on Olympics Turmoil With Transport Delays

  • Public transit costs said to balloon, partly due to the games
  • New metro links won’t be ready for the 2024 summer event
Attendees pass through a tunnel during a tour of the Paris Metro subway railway line 12 expansion project being undertaken by Vinci SA in Aubervilliers, near Paris, France, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The situation with U.K. builder and services company Carillion, that filed for liquidation, "reveals how absurdly this profession operates in the U.K," Vinci chief executive officer Xavier Huillard told reporters in Paris on Tuesday.
Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Spiraling construction costs and delays are nothing new in the history of hosting the Olympics. Yet Paris is starting early, with growing controversy about whether a plan to upgrade its metro system will be ready for the 2024 summer games.

A project to extend the city’s transport network is increasingly bogged down with accusations of mismanagement and a ballooning budget, partly due to tighter deadlines so it can be ready for the sporting event.