Monday, Feb 20, 2017 


Valley LRT Off Track

Supporters question costs of a Fraser Valley rail system estimate to compared to West Germany's
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald for Rail for the Valley


An LRT could run down Hwy one say some.


hile Surrey’s proposed LRT is topping $100 million/km to build, in Europe new LRT lines are being built much cheaper. In Weisbaden, Germany, their new LRT is pegged at $24.5 million/km to build.

The municipality of Wiesbaden has approved €3·4m (CAD $4.72 million) ​of preliminary planning work for the city’s first tram route. The Land of Hessen is providing €465, 000 (CAD $646, 303)​.

When complete, the Citybahn light rail line would link Wiesbaden to the existing metre gauge tram network in the neighbouring city of Mainz at one end, and to the tourist-oriented Aartalbahn that runs north from Wiesbaden at the other.

The 12·2 km ​(7.5 mile) ​first phase, estimated to cost €165m (CAD $299, 350 million)​, would connect Hochschule Rhein-Main in the north of Wiesbaden with Theodor-Heuss-Brücke to the south.

In Canadian funds, construction would cost $24.5 million/km to the local cost of estimate of $100M.

Further phases would see the mostly single-track Aartalbahn converted from 1,435 mm ​(standard) ​to 1,000 mm (meter) ​gauge over the 15 km (9.3 miles) ​between Bad Schwalbach and Chausseehaus, from where a new alignment would take the tram line to Otto-Wels-Strabe in Wiesbaden.

Here the Citybahn alignment would be met by a branch from Hermann-Brill-Strabe, then serve Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof.

Crossing the Rhein on the existing road bridge, the route would then continue for 2·5 km ​(1.5 miles) ​to reach the existing Mainz tram network at Mainz Hbf West. It is envisaged that Citybahn services would run as far as Mainz Hochschule.


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