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This extension will be mostly off-street, using a portion of the old Willamette Shore Trolley right-of-way.
The project was installed at a cost (in 2001 dollars) of US$54.6 million, a unit cost of $11.4 million per track-mile ($7.1 million/track-km), which calculates to about $22.8 million per route-mile ($14.2 million/km).
That calculates to about $26 million/mile in year-2005 dollars.
[Portland Streetcar, March 2005; Gary Cooper and Thomas B. A Two-Year Report Card", National Light Rail Transit Conference, Transportation Research Board, Portland, Nov.
2003] The extension is reported to have cost $15.8 million, or about $25.5 million per mile (about $16 million per km).
(For an overview of the system, with map and photo, see Orléans Light Rail Tramway: Key Facts.) While it's an old city, and rich with history, Orléans is not so large, with just 250,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area – thus it's currently the smallest city in France operating a tramway.
Service is not planned to begin until the summer of 2006, when three new cars – made solely by the Czech firm inekon – are placed into service.The cost of this extension is budgeted at another $15.8 million, including $8 million for the new streetcars.
"it will lure development dollars into sleepy business districts, help tourism flower and ease traffic congestion." congestion.The magazine also recounted that planning was to start for the proposed 20-km (12-mile) east-west line, to extend from La-Chapelle-Saint-Mensin to Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle.reported that three "guided bus" bids had been received: the Bombardier GLT (Guided Light Transport, using a central guide rail), APTS (Phileas, using guidance by embedded magnets), and Translohr's system, using another form of central rail guidance.The decision by the Urban Community of Orléans was reportedly taken March 25th.Located 125 km (about 80 miles) south of Paris, on the River Loire, Orléans has been operating its first light rail tramway (Tram Line 1) since November 2000 under the aegis of the Société d’Economie Mixte des Transports en commun de l’Agglomération Orléanaise.Nearly $8.4 million of the expansion has been funded from tax-increment urban renewal funds generated in the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area – based on property taxes paid by new developments created by urban renewal. Construction already is under way for the streetcar line to reach another 0.6 mile south along Southwest Moody Avenue to Gibbs Street, where a new highrise neighborhood is under construction, the South Waterfront, reports Jon Winslow.