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8629Re: [carfree_cities] Cost per mile of Road, vs Rail

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  • Doug Salzmann
    Jun 9, 2005
      On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, Colin Leath wrote:

      > o Trolley/light rail: $30 million per mile
      > o High-speed transportation systems: $110
      > million per mile

      > Can the light rail figure really be correct?

      Well, I guess it could be.

      On the other hand, lots of other light rail systems have been built for
      much less.

      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.


      Doug Salzmann
      P.O. Box 1007
      Larkspur, CA 94977
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