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Introduction Traffic congestion becomes the one of the biggest problem in developing and developed cities face every day all over the world Billions of dollars are spent nowadays to tackle the problem but most of solutions do not solve the main problem growth in number of private vehicles on roads This situation is extremely acute in USA where amount of car per 1000 population is 802 httpdataworldbankorgindicatorISVEHNVEHP3 One of the officially taken resolutions for traffic congestion which could reduce number of vehicles is establishing and developing Light Rail Transit hereinafter LRT which is type of public transportation USA has a lot of functioning LRT systems which vary in size location destination ridership and etc Litman 2012 Baum-Snow Kahn 2000 The purpose of this essay is evaluation of LRT systems efficiency in this country by focusing on such criteria as cost-effectiveness and safety level MAIN BODY The main argument against Light Rail system is amount of expenditures on construction however sum of LRT cost savings is much more than government subsidies spent on building LRT First of all LRT guideways can run on range of environment including streets pedestrian mall underground and even aerial structures TRB 2000 Secondly according to Rail Transit in America A comprehensive evaluation of benefits by Todd Litman 2012 LRT have significant impact on decreasing of congestion cost and consumer expenditures For example staying in traffic jam affects quality and quantity of working hours durability of road which would need repair work sooner than expected Established and developed Light Rail would decline loading on roads and thus would have positive impact on serviceability of roads If person have private vehicle it means he or she pays taxes spends part of earnings on fuel repair parking price insurance payments and compensation of accident damage However in using LRT case passenger only buys a ticket Hence expense of residents who use public transit decreases by 14 and 19 smaller part
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