Steven Schoeffler wrote:
>>>Long distance transportation is one area where cars are
>>=v= Not in terms of resources required and pollution emitted.
>>Only planes are worse than cars in this regard. Well-managed
>>rail is a much better choice. Even poorly-managed rail (which
>>prevails in the U.S.) does substantially better.
> Care to elaborate? Better in what terms? Not cost per passenger mile....
Do you have figures to support your claim? What costs are you counting?
What kind of vehicle?
For autos/minivans/SUVs, expect base costs anywhere from $.38 to $.75,
depending on mileage and type of vehicle. This does not include
acquisition of land for roadways, construction of roadways, maintenance
of roadways, policing and rescue operations, etc.
Then add in hidden costs. http://www.preservenet.com/ATAutoWelfare.html
OTOH, there are also wide ranges of figures for buses and trains.
Heavy rail can cost approximately $.29 per passenger mile.
*COMMUTER COST COMPARISON* (30-mile trip from Elk River to Minneapolis,
based on information from AAA.)
Northstar: (fare cost) $4-6 per trip (.13 cents per mile)
Private car: $14.40 per trip (.48 cents per mile)
Light rail can vary from $.17 to $.86 per passerger mile.