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Re: [carfree_cities] Re: BRT courses in Yogyakarta BAQ 2006

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  • Jym Dyer
    ... =v= Yes. Though they predate the phrase, they exemplify it. ... =v= Yes, that s always the argument. However, it s only less expensive in the short
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      > ... are trolleys "light rail"?

      =v= Yes. Though they predate the phrase, they exemplify it.

      > Despite pleas from advocates of light rail in Cleveland, BRT
      > was adopted as a less expensive alternative.

      =v= Yes, that's always the argument. However, it's only "less
      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.
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