Tuesday, July 8, 2008

P and C's Great Train Debate: Charleston Riders Getting Nailed?

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Today's story in the week-long package on a potential rail line includes some comparative facts and figures that raise at least one unanswered question: Why are Charleston riders going to be paying more?

A handy graphic attached to the story lays out the daily round-trip passengers and the annual passenger revenue, among other things, comparing Charleston's potential track to estimates from Nashville, Albuquerque, and Charlotte.

According to the numbers presented, Charleston passengers will be forking over $1,625 a year, compared to $1,000 a year in Albuquerque and $695 in Charlotte! Passengers in Nashville are apparently paying more than $2,000 a year, but that may be why there are only 350 who are riding the trains daily (compared to 1,500 in Aluquerque and 2,300 in Charlotte).

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