Re: [carfree_cities] Re: BRT courses in Yogyakarta BAQ 2006
> ... are trolleys "light rail"?=v= Yes. Though they predate the phrase, they exemplify it.
> Despite pleas from advocates of light rail in Cleveland, BRT=v= Yes, that's always the argument. However, it's only "less
> was adopted as a less expensive alternative.
expensive" in the short term, because buses require more fuel,
more maintenance, and more space on the road. They also damage
roads, but that cost is generally in a different accounting
ledger and is thus often ignored as a cost of BRT. Even so,
in the long herm a city budget finds itself facing all these
higher costs of "less expensive" BRT.
=v= There are of course higher environmental and health costs,
but the ledgers those show up on are so often never connected
to their sources. LRT also has the effect of attracting
economic development along its corridors, something BRT has
yet to demonstrate (though it does enjoy those benefits to
some degree when it usurps an LRT corridor).
=v= Penny-wise and pound foolish.