SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Transportation officials said the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco will cost $300 million more than estimated, and warned that costs could grow higher.

Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said that money earmarked for future projects will be used to pay for the increase.

When completed, the now $1.9 billion first phase of the transportation hub near downtown San Francisco will first serve buses from seven transit agencies.

In the future, the site will be a stop for California’s high-speed rail system and regional electric trains.

The project’s first phase includes building and maintaining a temporary terminal while the new 5-story facility is being constructed.

Officials blamed part of the cost spike on increased federal security requirements.

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