Here’s a few things I didn’t know before that I picked up in a transportation project cost estimation workshop this morning. And yes, it has a tedious name, but no, the workshop wasn’t boring. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was.

  • Many communities have put their ‘mega’ projects on hold due to the economy, and the ones that are doing large projects are mostly doing big transit projects such as light rail and bus rapid transit.
  • There is speculation that labor costs are going down in many areas.
  • Spokane Transit buses aren’t ‘retired’ until they’ve either had two transmission rebuilds or 750,000 miles put on them.
  • Fuel makes up over 50% of Spokane Transit’s yearly budget.
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