Thursday, May 21, 2009

Phoenix Trolley Folly - Running the Numbers

Coyote Blog runs the numbers on the Phoenix Light Rail system.

The other day, Phoenix trumpeted that its daily ridership had reached 37,000 boardings per weekday. Since most of those people have two boardings per day (one each direction) we can think of this as 18,500 people making a round trip each day.

Well, if we bought each of these folks a brand new Prius III for $23,000 it would cost us just over $425 million. This is WAY less than the $1.4 billion we pay to move them by rail instead. We could have bought every regular rider a Prius and still have a billion dollars left over!

As they say - read the whole thing.

One of these days I need to run the numbers on their carbon footprint as well.

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