Mr. Cortez asked me to adjust Metrorail for the relatively low capital outlay.
Well, here is a comparison of data with the Hiawatha (now Blue) Line in Minneapolis - this is relevant to me as I visit the Twin Cities fairly often. To me - both as a user and as an amateur analyst - the winner here is obvious.
Capital cost to state/local: $291m (1)
Boardings/day: 31,400 in 2010 (peak was 35,500 in Summer 2008) (1, 2)
Operating loss/rider: $1.45 (3)
Capital cost to state/local: "$120-200m" according to Ben Wear (4)
Boardings/day: 1700-1800 (4)
Operating loss/rider: $33.25 (5)
August 19, 2011 04:33 PM
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