Building less for our money
Costs go up, construction goes down.
Construction costs of Light rail in Los Angeles has drastically increased in the almost 30 years since the opening of the Blue Line. Many factors contribute to this; among them, the citizen demand for more grade separation and faster service, along with increased materials, labor, safety costs.
Over time we have built less and less rail in a single phase as the amount we can afford has decreased. The Blue line opened with over 20 miles in its first phase, most recent light rail openings are around 8 miles.
Data compiled by Metro.
Measure M Expenditure Plan
With our HyRail proposal, we are looking at how Metro can save on our most expensive rail corridors and allocate the money to building more rail within each Measure M Expenditure planning zone. As HyRail construction costs are on par with monorail and operating costs far below the competition, we sure can do a lot with our money!