LIFE-CYCLE COSTING IN SUPPORT OF STRATEGIC TRANSIT VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY DECISION: HAMILTON STREET RAILWAY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

The approach, data, methods, and results of a detailed disaggregate life-cycle costing analysis of transit vehicle operation at the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) in Hamilton, Ontario, are summarized. The life-cycle costing was performed in 1991 as part of an overall study of future technology, which included particulate-trap-equipped diesel, compressed natural gas, and electric trolley buses. The study used the HSR's detailed maintenance, fuel, mileage, and other records to obtain base diesel lifetime costs. A combination of internal records and those from manufacturers and other operators were used to forecast lifetime costs of the new technologies. Pollution, noise, transit planning, and other such aspects included in the overall study are not discussed. This analysis indicates that an all-natural-gas fleet would be the least expensive to operate in the long term, with an all-diesel fleet second most economical.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 59-67
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation 1995: current research in planning, management, technology, and ridesharing
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00714921
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061741
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1995 12:00AM