Greetings from Almaty, Kazakhstan! Although I'm
currently engaged in work outside the realm of
transportation, someone may wish to undertake a study
of the metro here at some time in the future. The
construction of the (as-yet inoperative) metro here
was begun before the collapse of the Soviet Union and
was frozen due to lack of funding. It seems that
there is a renewed interest in completing the project,
and hopefully the project will be completed in the
not-so-distant future. In the meantime, the air
quality in the city leaves much to be desired as the
number of private vehicles skyrockets. Fortunately,
the nearby Tian-Shan mountains have plenty of fresh
air and provide a much-needed refuge for the city
Best wishes to all,
--- Eric Britton <eric.britton@...
> In speaking with Oscar Diaz today about the latest
> TransMilenio ridership
> results in Bogota, he mentioned that they are now
> carrying on onto something
> on the order of 600k people a day on 38 kms of
> busway. Hmm.
> Now suppose they had instead decided two years back
> to build a metro. Where
> would they be today? How much would they have
> spent? How many passengers
> would they have already transported? What positive
> impact on the env would
> that choice have had on the city.
> Which brings up a suggested little project for
> anyone who has the wit, time
> and desire to give this a whack. Namely, the
> construction of a "time line"
> and a series of order of magnitude benchmarks which
> would compare say their
> TransMilenio project with a recently completed metro
> in a Third World city.
> Year by year comparisons of what happens and what
> impacts are achieved. And
> $ by $. This could be very trenchant and useful
Argonne National Laboratory
Nonproliferation Graduate Program Representative
Nuclear Technology Safety Center (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Office/Fax: 7(3272) 646803
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