Greetings followers of the North-South Commuter Rail!
We are excited to report that the ridership estimates, capital costs, and operating costs are close to finalization. As you may remember from a previous update, we are developing cost and ridership estimates for four service alternatives. The alternatives differ in several ways: the number of stations, the length of the route, the size and location of maintenance and storage facilities, and the station locations. Each alternative requires a unique cost and/or ridership estimate, and we are working hard to ensure our numbers are as accurate as possible. An important step in vetting our numbers was review by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA).
As part of the process we also asked ourselves; “How would the North-South Rail compare to other services?” To answer this question, we tracked down data on a few services in the US as a comparison.
Our next step is to package all of the work we generated into a presentation that is easy to understand. There is a lot of material to assemble, and we look forward to sharing this information with you at a future meeting.
One last note, a couple weeks ago we posted a question to the topics page, but have not received any responses. Please take a look and let us know your ideas!