Comment 123720

By kevinlove (registered) | Posted September 13, 2018 at 10:26:25

Also important to bear in mind is to compare this to the costs of our current car-dominated transportation system. We see from the City's Vision Zero web page that motor vehicle operators:

  • Crush and kill an average of 16 people each year in Hamilton.
  • Crush and injure and average of 1,824 people each year in Hamilton.
  • The average cost of motor vehicle crashes is $608 million each year in Hamilton.

In addition to this, motor vehicle operators poison and kill an average of 94 people per year in Hamilton for a cost of approximately $505 million. And not just in Hamilton! In the GTHA as a whole, motor vehicle operators poison and kill at least 712 people per year for a whopping financial cost of $4.6 billion!

But going back to Hamilton, we see that the deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle operators killing and injuring people, as well as property damage in motor vehicle crashes comes to an average of $1,013,000,000. Yes, that is the right number of zeros. Over a billion dollars each and every year.

In other words, the cost of building the entire LRT is about equal to the financial cost of deaths, injuries and property damage caused by motor vehicle operators each and every year.

Wow!

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