8629Re: [carfree_cities] Cost per mile of Road, vs Rail
- Jun 9, 2005On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, Colin Leath wrote:
> o Trolley/light rail: $30 million per mileWell, I guess it could be.
> o High-speed transportation systems: $110
> million per mile
> Can the light rail figure really be correct?
On the other hand, lots of other light rail systems have been built for
The 4-mile-long F-Market line in San Francisco cost about $55 million
($13.75 million/mile), using old PCC cars. Not so terrible, when you
consider that it carries about 20,000 paying passengers per day.
Portland built a system for something like $12.5 million/mile (with modern
cars from Todd's current stomping grounds), Tampa spent about $14 million,
Many variables, no predictable cost without knowing lots of specifics.
Also, if they want to make comparisons with automobile facilities, they
need to include ongoing and indirect costs -- maintenance, parking,
emergency services, pollution, the War in Iraq... Somehow, they always
forget those things.
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