light rail

Elevated Rail

Monorail

Overhead Cycle path

ground cycle path

PRT(overhead)

New routes take space from existing road users

Yes

No

No

No

yes

No

Cost of purchasing right of way

high

medium

low

low

high

low

Construction cost per mile

high

high

low

low

medium

low-medium

Speed of Construction

Long

long

low

low

medium

low

Average speed is reduced by stops

yes

yes

yes

No

yes

No

peek speed

high

high

high

low

low

high

Transfers introduces a time penalty

yes

yes

yes

no

no

No

Time penalty walking to station

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

Suitable for long distance commute (>20miles)

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

Increasing in rider ship requires investment

YES (more trains)

YES (more trains)

YES (more trains)

NO

NO

YES (more trains)

Increase in rider ship requires more staff

YES(drivers)

YES(drivers)

YES(drivers)

NO(hardly)

NO

NO

Track Overshadows the street

YES

YES

NO

Slightly

No

No

Noise for near neighbors

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

Vibration transmitted to surrounding buildings

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

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