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Postscript: Light Rail for Brisbane 5


Dublin's LUAS. Image reproduced from Informatique's photostream under Creative commons license. Click for URL.

A postscript – due to the high level of traffic and interest generated by the Light Rail for Brisbane 5 post. Dublin’s LUAS LRT system also appears to need no ongoing operational subsidy as well. While it is likely that any possible LRT system for Brisbane would probably need an ongoing subsidy to run (as it does and should for all public transport modes in Brisbane) the precedents are certainly there. So that is now two on the list.

The early achievement of the Government mandate to RPA to manage Luas without an Exchequer subvention for operations and annual maintenance is very welcome and sets a secure basis for the continuing development of light rail and metro in Dublin.

More than 450 modern light rail schemes have been implemented in cities around the world and it has been demonstrated that when the schemes serve catchment areas of appropriate population density and where the passenger journey time can be assured, the economic performance of light rail compares favourably with other modes of transport.

We are very pleased that the immediate success of Luas is being acknowledged by the international transport community as an example of how light rail can effectively address the need for high-capacity urban transport while also contributing to sustainable development in the areas that it serves.

– Mr Frank Allen, Chief Executive, Railway Procurement Authority, an extract from the 2005 RPA Annual Report, page 5.

Dublin’s LUAS system is operated by Veolia Transport for Ireland’s Railway Procurement Authority.

Inside Dublin's LUAS. Image reproduced from Informatique's photostream under Creative commons license. Click for URL.

Further information

A Wikipedia article on the LUAS is available here.
Question & answer about subsidy to Ireland’s Minister for Transport is here
RPA’s annual reports are here
The LUAS website is here

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June 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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