Report: FTA should help with rising LRT costs

Posted on November 21, 2005

A report produced by the Region 2 University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) asserts that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) should help transit agencies get costs of light rail transit projects under control.

The report, “Analysis of Capital Cost Elements and Their Effect on Operating Costs,” contains recommendations to alleviate high project costs, including regulatory relief, increased competition among suppliers and the development of in-house expertise at agencies.

“Rising costs mean projects get funded at a lower level or they don’t get funded at all,” said UTRC Director Robert Paaswell. “This delays or eliminates the benefits that a new system might provide and adversely impacts transit usage at a time that people are increasingly looking for alternatives to driving.”

The study states that, even though unit costs for transit project components have been relatively stable over the last decade, overall costs continue to rise due to myriad factors, such as better technology, bigger safety and security concerns, heavier reliance on consultants and an increase in unforeseen delays.

A peer review process of the planning phase and FTA research and policy guidelines, for example, are some of the actions that could help contain capital project costs, according to the report.

The report was based on “in-depth interviews with industry experts and transit agency officials, a review of literature on cost drivers and an analysis of unit costs and project characteristics for 25 projects from 1984 forward in the following locations: Sacramento (Calif.), Portland (Ore.), Pittsburgh, San Jose (Calif.), Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Hudson County (N.J.), St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis, southern New Jersey, San Diego, Baltimore, Charlotte, Seattle and Phoenix.”

For a copy of the report, contact the UTRC. Contact information can be found at www.utrc2.org/index.php.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

OCTA to seek FTA Full Funding Agreement for streetcar project

The project is expected to cost approximately $299.3 million, with other funding coming from state cap-and-trade funding, other federal and local funding.

Miami-Dade cutting Metrorail service hours

The cutbacks on Metrorail follow an announced plan to eliminate stops on some bus routes and contract out others to save money. Metrorail ridership is down about 6% this year, while bus boardings are down about 10%.

NJ Transit commuters could lose 25% of rail service during Amtrak repairs

An Amtrak schedule obtained by NJ Advance Media warned that "significant service impacts" will require "service adjustments for NJ Transit" from July 7 to 25 and from August 4 to 28.

Detroit's QLine streetcar system launches

The $142 million streetcar system championed by Penske is expected to host 5,000 to 8,000 riders per day.

[Exclusive] After several months, is London Night Tube service working?

In many ways the results of this overnight Tube service is not remarkable to the casual visitor, or new resident in London. This is a large and busy city, and many people depend on public transport as the only logical means of travelling around.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close