here we go again...
only the eastside line was overbudget, and that was one of the first lines built in America.
EDIT: westside MAX was 2.6 times over the early cost analysis done by Metro in 1979, this was due to the addition of a tunnel boring route and 19 years of inflation and high cost technology advances.
EDIT: RED and YELLOW lines were finished under budget and on time!
The Aerial Tram is/was paid for 85% by OHSU, OHSU also caused the majority of the extra costs by building their building where the upper station was supposed to be anchored into bedrock, the rest of the money comes from development in SOWA.
ompared to Express Bus-Short, light rail costs $302,000 per increased rider that wouldn't take the bus
Compared to Express Bus-Long, light rail costs $495,000 per increased rider that wouldn't take the bus
um... right, realistic math doesn't include saying how much it would cost for ONE DAY WORTH OF RIDES when this system would last 100 years!
The proposed light rail system is forecasted to increase the capacity across the Columbia by only 7%.
AWESOME! almost 10% increase in capacity for just adding LRT, wow! I wonder if we would need a new bridge if we simply added LRT, a new bridge to Jantzen Beach to get rid of those traffic stalling I-5 ramps, added additional local bus service, and widening I-5 from the state border through the Rose Quarter to 3 lanes in each direction! (I can't believe I-5 THE west coast freeway bogs down to 2 lanes in each direction at Columbia Blvd. and at the Rose Quarter 1/4 mile from another Interstate interchange! I understand it was all based on 1960's Moses planning, but come on! Fix that before spending 2-6 BILLION on a new bridge for Couv commuters)