Barcelona Undercuts New York and Los Angeles in Metro Extension

Yonah Freemark explains how Barcelona has managed to get a better deal for its new metro extension than those in New York and Los Angeles.
July 1, 2010, 8am PDT | George Haugh
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Over the next ten years, "New York will spend $4.5 billion on a 1.7-mile line under Second Avenue. Los Angeles will get a 8.6-mile extension to the Westside for $6 billion. And Barcelona will have built 30 miles of automated subways for €6.5 billion ($7.9 billion according to today's exchange rate).

The new 'L9' metro line will expand the cities network by one third and include 52 new station, 22 of which will be transfers. The line is incredibly deep to avoid disrupting the current system and construction makes use of Spain's specialization in tunnel boring technology.

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Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in the transport politic
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