LINE HAUL FINANCING
Interstate Highways When the first such Local Loop models can demonstrate the proof of technology, the consortium will then seek operating franchises for Interstate line haul projects such as I-25 and I-70, the LA coast and Miami to Juniper. These are all about 120 miles long and can be compared for ridership, pricing , development costs and operations. Many of these routes are tourism rich and should be more profitable than others. We think these routes can be won by building a local $5 mile demonstration model as we show in the routes section. We want to exploring enabling legislation for Transportation Authorities. Such an authority is possible for I-70 in Colorado. See Chapter 7 for a detailed computer model of the income taxes paid in the I-70 model. Some of the routes that can be divided into economically sufficient legs are:
$ 1.5 Billion for I-70 from Denver to Beaver Creek @ $ 12 million p/m (See Cost Estimates).
$ 2.0 Billion Ft for I-25 Collins, Boulder, Denver to Colo. Springs
As a package, the return on investment (ROI) can be demonstrated to significantly exceed the return usually offered for financing infrastructure and thereby attract the capital. The example shown in our feasibility section, demonstrates the magnitude of tourism business that will be required to return 10% to 15% after taxes. We are studying a trade with Cities and the State as a 25 year purchase of the stock, by state governments to eventually owns the assets of the transit infrastructure. This ownership may or may not continue to hire the private sector to manage.
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