Tue Jan 6th, 2009 at 11:52:18 AM EST
Throwing this out into the Intertubes.
I need to work out indicative costings to look at a cost benefit analysis of a proposed upgrade of a rail corridor into a Tram/Train system. The intent is to fight off a proposal to kill off the urban terminus of a rail line with a cheaper system that provides compelling benefits in the downtown district and substantial advantages region wide ... both those areas that use rail for regional transport and those that don't.
Where would you go to get indicative cost figures for:
(1) tram (streetcar) track by km
(2) tram electrical infrastructure by km
(3) Battery-electric bi-level Tram/Trains
(4) Traffic and Pedestrian level crossings
(5) Upgraded traffic priority traffic light control boxes
(6) Rail switches
(7) Rail platforms
... stuff like that? For an indicative costing, the greater the variety of sources to choose from, the better.
Some rough sketches thrown together over the last couple of days ... the live google map, and some excerpts ...
This is the CBD tramlines (east of map in red):
Which as a side effect turns the current at grade pedestrian access across the rail line from this (200m radius):
... to this (Newcastle West):
... and this (Civic and Newcastle East):
This in green is the main "Tram/Bus" route supported by a new interchange platform on the main rail line, dedicated University bypass stop, and an existing underutilized station:
... with extension to the North for Raymond Terrace ...
... and Newcastle Airport and Nelsons Bay ...
So that's an idea of the scale of the project leveraging off of very few kilometers of streetcar track.