Its behind the paywall, but Austin Stateman is questioning the lower operating costs that Project Connect is citing for East Austin rail:
" Austin rail planners are projecting operating costs for a proposed urban rail line that are far below Capital Metro’s per-hour costs to run and maintain its existing MetroRail commuter rail service.
MetroRail is different in some key aspects from what the urban rail line would be, including its power source — diesel rather than electricity. But that estimate for keeping the wheels rolling on the projected 9.5-mile urban rail line — $22.1 million in 2022, the year the line would open if all goes as planned — also comes in well under the per-hour cost of operating similar rail lines in several other cities."
Austin transit planners have estimated the proposed 9.5-mile urban rail route would cost $22.1 million annually to run in 2022-valued dollars and outlined a broad method for how both the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city would operate and sustain the downtown train system.
Does the current Red Rail line cost more to operate than the projected cost? Yes. You can get the facts and data here: