Calgary’s C-Train Development & Operating Costs

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C-Train’s Development and Operating Costs

  • Total system development costs to date: $548 M
     
  • Original cost of vehicle acquisition/unit: $1.2 M
     
  • Current vehicle replacement cost: $3.9 M
     
  • Total costs of track construction per meter:
    above ground $30,000
    below ground $35,000
    at grade $15,000
     
  • Average costs per station: $2.1 M
     
  • Cost of Rail Control facilities: $3.1M
  • Vehicle Maintenance costs: $13.9M (2006)
  • Station Maintenance costs: $2.8M (2006)
  • Right of Way Maintenance costs: $2.9M (2006)
  • Signals Maintenance costs: $2.4M (2006)
  • Average annual power costs: $4.8M (2006)
  • Annual LRV Operator wages: $6.0M (includes fringe benefits of 21.57%) (2006)

What is interesting is that Calgary’s C-Train operating costs in, 2006, was nearly $33 million, while SkyTrain’s annual operating costs during the same period was nearly $80 million and Calgary’s light rail system carries more passengers!  The Interurban, by comparison would be far cheaper to operate on an annual basis.

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