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Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar

Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

The Real Cost of MAX

Line

Open Date

Cost of construction

CPI Change

Cost - 2010 dollars

Green .

Sept 12, 2009

$575.7 million;

0.92%

$581 million

Interstate

May 1, 2004

$350 million

15.26%

$403 million

Airport

Sept. 10, 2001

$125 million

22.25%

$153 million

Westside

Sept. 12, 1998

$963 million

33.23%

$1,283 million

Eastside

Sept 5, 1986

$214 million

101.26%

.$431 million

TOTAL inflation adjusted construction cost:

$2851 million

Notes:

Trimet’s MAX lines

 

Interstate MAX: http://trimet.org/about/history/yellowline.htm

Opened: May 1, 2004; Cost: $350 million; Federal Transit Administration: 74%

Airport MAX: http://trimet.org/about/history/redline.htm

Opened: Sept. 10, 2001; Cost: $125 million; no federal dollars

Westside MAX: Blue Line http://trimet.org/about/history/westblueline.htm

Opened: Sept. 12, 1998; Cost: $963 million; Federal Transit Administration: 73%

Eastside MAX: Blue Line http://trimet.org/about/history/eastblueline.htm

Opened: Sept 5, 1986; Cost: $214 million; Federal Transit Administration: 83%

Green Line MAX: http://trimet.org/about/history/greenline.htm

Opened: Sept 12, 2009; Cost: $575.7 million; Federal Transit Administration: 72%

 

 

Total Cost of MAX

Item

Amount

Source

Construction cost

$2851 million

above

Annualized construction cost

$229.8 million

cost of construction x 30 yr annualizing factor

Annual MAX passenger-miles

208,779,167

from National Transit Database, 2010

Construction cost of MAX  

$1.10/pass-mile

annual construction $ / passenger-miles

Operating cost of MAX

$0.51/pass-mile

from National Transit Database, 2010

Total cost of MAX

$1.61/pass-mile

construction cost + operating cost

The actual cost of MAX is $1.61 per passenger-mile

 

This surprising number is arrived at by doing something the transit industry does not like to talk about:

Including construction costs!

(Some costs such as utility relocation, under value land acquisition, etc. are still NOT included.)

 

Here is how we calculated this from government and Trimet data:

All calculations are clearly shown using standard methods.

The methods used have been peer reviewed by a transit system auditor.

Below is how we calculated this from government and Trimet data. All calculations are clearly shown using standard methods. The methods have been peer reviewed by a transit system auditor.

A similar cost, using only the local match dollars is here.