Seattle

Economy

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The RUF guideway network is based upon Ultra Light triangular rail modules. These 20 m long modules can be fabricated at a factory and transported to the mounting place via the finished rail itself. This way, the establishing cost can be very low. The price for one mile of bidirectional rail is calculated to be $7 mio. To cover Seattle, 162 miles of rail is needed. Total cost = $1.13 billion.

The RUF concept offers a very high level of comfort both individually and collectively. The combination of Dial-a-Bus and Automated People Mover makes the operating costs reasonable since no chauffeur is needed on the main part of a typical trip.

Since the fares can differ from seat to seat, the average fare can be relatively high. This is not possible in a traditional system, where the customer can use any empty seat. In a maxi-ruf every seat has its own door and it is separated from the other seats (except the front seats).

Most importantly, a RUF system will be useful for all citizens unlike a Light Rail system which cannot cover large areas and therefore only appeals to a minor part of the population.

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