Refs & Calcs: BRT

References & Calculations
A Brief History of Modern Light Rail: From Low Cost to High Cost Low Capacity
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Rail on Wheels: Driven By Out of Control Rail Costs

  1. SAN DIEGO GETS AN OLD-STYLE TROLLEY, The New York Times, July 26, 1981

  2. $86 million(1981$) /13.5 miles = $6.4 million(1981$)/mile

  3. $6.4 million(1981$)/mile * (2.6 2014$)/(1981$) = $16.6 million(2014$)/mile

  4. Sound Transit Light Rail Extreme Costs chart, Sound Transit Central Link Sets Record for Most Expensive US Starter Light Rail System, ref. p) Seattle Central Link Light Rail cost $188 million(2014$) /mile

  5. Sound Transit, Progress Report Link Light Rail, March 2015, 3.15 miles, $1.948 billion

  6. $1.948 billion / 3.15 miles = $618 million/mile.

  7. Wikipedia,, Bus Rapid Transit“ 

  8. Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years,” Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, November 17, 2014.


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