Chapter 6.3: Costs
Costs associated with each transportation alternative will vary based on the type of service provided. Determining what those costs might be is more straightforward for some services than others. As an example, determining the cost to add fixed route service in a given area can be calculated using current hourly rates of existing similar services. Based on the total number of additional service hours and vehicles necessary to provide the service and applying an hourly rate, the cost per day, month, etc. can be estimated. The same method is applicable for door-to-door, shuttle and similar services that operate at a fixed hourly cost. Costs of more specialized programs and support services can be more complicated to determine.
Conducting basic research and making comparisons of other areas that have implemented similar programs, can help to ascertain the cost of a particular service and evaluate its success.