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Denver's light rail is going through some financial problems right now. Basically, while ridership is reasonably high on most segments, the naysayers insist that it should make a profit, and use cost over-runs to argue that it should be shut down.

It is not surprising that a branch line upgrade should be so expensive. Even the heavily used main lines in the U.S. are still mostly wood ties, for example, so if you have to upgrade the entire ROW to concrete ties, and then put in a whole bunch of high-tech crossing gates, and new stations, you are essentially building from scratch. The only cost you are avoiding is the land acquisition and basic grading.

by asdf on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 08:41:24 AM EST
That was all true for my comparison from Germany, too. The larger part was renewed to a high standard as a side project of the Expo2000 in Hannover. The rest of the line was disused for more than a decade. None of the stations were up to standard. In practice, both parts were totally rebuilt.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 11:37:08 AM EST
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... by getting the approvals of the waivers of bulk freight oriented safety standards that do not allow perfectly good heavy rail DMU and EMU sets to operate with adding sand bags?

I'm guessing there was a standard to meet that was more appropriate to the task at hand, so the approvals delays were much less.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 02:03:27 PM EST
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