O’Brien has his facts correct when he states
LRT has fewer drivers, but he has not provided you with the whole story. While LRT employs fewer drivers, operating costs for electrical, rail and computer specialists are twice that of BRT and result in a need for more employees at higher rates of pay. Case in point is demonstrated in both and Edmonton where the implementation of Calgary LRT has resulted in more employees than currently staffs with Ottawa BRT.
· The capital cost for LRT is 2.58 times more expensive than BRT
· The operating cost for LRT 2.19 times more expensive than BRT
In addition, the requirement for transfers will reduce ridership. This, combined with longer trip times, will serve to both reduce fare revenues and raise taxes.
The data I cite was obtained from the following sources:
· United States General Accounting Office
National Transit Data Base United States
· McCormick Rankin “The BRT Business Case for the Greater
Services Board” Toronto
Transit Commission Toronto
Chamber of Commerce Ottawa
Transportation Research Board United States
Larry O’Brien has never produced a feasible financing plan for
LRT. His plan, in 2009 dollars, costs 2.1 Billion increasing by 200 to 300 million per year. Moreover, his plan will not be operational until 2019 and the financial result will be an approximately 1.8 billion dollar tax burden passed on to the taxpayers of . Ottawa
The BRT proposal, by contrast, requires only the construction of a downtown tunnel at a cost of 735 million dollars. Given that the provincial and federal governments have already contributed 1.2 billion to this transit initiative, the bus tunnel will result in no additional costs to the taxpayers and will be operational in 2015.
In short, O'Brien's plan for LRT will bankrupt