Lund Sweden – New TramWay to Cost $23.3 Million/km to Build

Contrary to TransLink’s habitual gold-plating of its LRT projects, modern light rail can be built reasonably cheaply, when compared to other modes of transit.

The cost of the 5.5 km. starter tram line in Lund Sweden, with seven trams is estimated to be CAD $128.1 million or about $23.3 million/km to build.

Not bad considering that Surrey’s planned LRT is said to cost a minimum of $80 million/km. to build!

Maybe the City of Surrey should forget about TransLink and hire the same people designing Lund’s new tram line to design LRT for Surrey.

The city of LUND at the southern tip of Sweden with a municipal population of nearly 111,000 has begun the tendering (Request for Proposals – RfP) process for construction of the city’s first light rail (modern tramway) line, the “railway gazette international” site reports. The starter 3.41 mile (5.5 km) route would require seven trams and would cost USD $91.1 million (CAD $128.1million):

Lund tram tendering begins 27 Jan 2016

SWEDEN: The city of Lund has begun the tendering process for a design-build contract for the cityai??i??s first tram line, following city council approval on December 17.

Due to open in 2019, the 5Ai??5Ai??km (3.41 mile) route would connect Lund Central station and the science village with nine stops.

Trams are to run every 7A?Ai??min.

Regional public transport authority SkA?netrafiken has called tenders for seven trams with a capacity of around 130 passengers each.

The contract would include 10 years of maintenance and an option for three further trams.

SkA?netrafiken and the Region of SkA?ne are to fund both the rolling stock and construction of the depot.

Central government transport body Trafikverket is funding 38% of the SKr776m (USD $91.1 million) infrastructure cost.

Although less than the 50% for which the city council applied, the city expects to cover this shortfall from private sources, including developer contributions.

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