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SPECIAL REPORT

Rail System Capital Expenditures
Guideway

Stations

Administrative
Buildings

Maintenance
Facilities

Passenger
Vehicles

Other
Vehicles

Fare
Collection
Equipment

Communication
& Information
Systems

Other
Percentages

49.79%

16.31%

0.52%

4.80%

12.90%

0.27%

0.77%

10.26%

4.39%

2017 NTD Capital Expenses

in 2018. However, the U.S. came in second to China in the most
LRT developments measured in kilometers in 2018.
Even with the U.S. not keeping pace with new rail globally,
APTA statistics show there were 50 more rail systems in operation at the end of 2017 than in 1987. The number of heavy
rail systems during that time have remained consistent while
growth in commuter and hybrid rail system and light rail and
streetcar system has more than doubled.
The 14th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference, jointly hosted by APTA and the Transportation Research Board
(TRB) this past April in Jersey City, N.J., focused on a theme
of "resurgence and renewal" by celebrating how far the transportation modes have come in four decades and what is being
done to ensure they remain viable travel options into the future.
Thomas Furmaniak, chair of the Light Rail Technical Forum,
chair of the conference's planning committee and senior direc-

tor, LTK Engineering Services, told attendees that 800 route
miles of light-rail have been added in the past 40 years and 19
new streetcar lines have opened since 2000. Furmaniak also
noted that through 2029, approximately 220 additional miles
of light rail are being planned in the U.S.
As route miles of rail systems increase, so do their capital
needs. APTA's 2019 Public Transportation Fact Book says total
public transportation expenditures in 2017 were $67.7 billion,
with $47.5 billion spent on operations and $20.2 billion on capital
investments, with rail modes accounting for nearly 70 percent
of transit's total capital investments. In 2017, heavy rail capital
expenditures in the U.S. totaled $6.86 billion, commuter and
hybrid rail capital expenses were $3.63 billion and surface rail
capital expenses were $3.52 billion. Nearly half of all rail capital
is spent on guideway needs followed by stations, rolling stock
and communication and information systems.

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