A RUF traffic system in L.A. can be a lucrative business.
The users will get a system with highly attractive qualities such as:
* No congestion
* Contribution to an improvement of the air quality
* Relaxed rail travel
* Door-to-door transportation
* A public transport system with 3 seconds between arrivals of MAXI-RUFs
* Non-stop between major stations during rush hour
* Possibility of own seating arrangement
* Easy ascending/descending
* "Dial-a-RUF" facility
* Waiting time at street level approx. 1 minute
* 24-hour service on the rail system
Construction of a RUF-system will cost approx. $9.55 billion.
Maintenance of rail network and stations = $0.5 billion/year
Renewal of rail network and stations = $0.5 billion/year
Operating profit will be 2.86 - 1.21 + 0.12 + 1.16 + 0.2 + 0.1 - 0.5 - 0.5 = $2.23 billion/year.
To this should be added savings for L.A. in the magnitude of $2.9 billion/year.
Other advantages which are hard to quantify include:
* Less noise
* Rise of attraction value
* Reduction of stress
* Fewer cars in the streets
* Less CO 2 emission
* More tourists
* Rise of economic efficiency
On the negative side may count:
* The aesthetic effect of the rail system. It may, however, also be regarded as a positive feature, since a number of other installations can be removed from the street. It is only every 30th street which has a rail in the middle, and they are all wide streets.
Consequently there is room for major development costs.