by John Semmens
January 05, 2004
Nationwide, the average cost of light rail per passenger-mile is approximately $1.50, almost double the average cost of bus transit per passenger-mile, and five times the average cost of automobile transportation per vehicle-mile. A proposed light rail project in Phoenix would do almost nothing to relieve traffic congestion. Because 80 percent of new light rail passengers in Maricopa County would be former bus passengers, light rail would remove less than one car in 1,000 from traffic. Indeed, light rail would account for only 0.2 percent of the person-miles of travel in the region over the next 20 years.