Cascade in the Capitol: Light Rail to Vancouver vs. CTRAN Express Buses – Testimony on HB 2800

Cascade President John Charles testified today before the Joint Committee on Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement Project regarding HB 2800. His testimony follows. The CRC Plan for Light Rail: A Step Backwards for Transit Customers  John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade Policy Institute February 2013 Metric TriMet Yellow MAX Line to North Portland CTRAN Express Buses Serving Downtown Portland Capital cost of expanding  light rail to Vancouver $932 million $0 2011 annual operating cost $10.2 million $5.04 million Operating cost/hour $270 $110 Annual hours of service 40,492 45,996 Farebox recovery ratio for operations cost 47% 67% Cost/new vehicle $4,200,000 $458,333 Peak-hour frequency Every 15 minutes Every 10.3-15.5 minutes Peak-hour travel speed 15 MPH 31-45 MPH Travel time, Vancouver to Portland 36-38 minutes 16 -18 minutes % of passenger seating capacity actually used at the peak period 34% 38% Promises of Frequent Transit Services: Hope Over Experience According to the most recent finance plan for this project, “Light rail in the new guideway and in the existing Yellow line alignment would be planned to operate with 7.5 minute headways during the “peak of the peak” and with 15-minute headways at all other times. This compares to 12-minute headways in “peak of the peak” and 15-minute headways at all other times for the existing Yellow line.”[1] In fact, the Yellow Line runs at 15 minute headways all day, with even less service at night.  Yet according to the FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Yellow Line, service is supposed to be operating at 10-minute headways … Continue reading Cascade in the Capitol: Light Rail to Vancouver vs. CTRAN Express Buses – Testimony on HB 2800