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Capital Cost Database

Capital Cost Database 2016 Version

The Capital Cost Database is a Microsoft Access database of as-built costs for 54, Federally-funded, projects in the following modes: Bus Rapid Transit, Commuter Rail, Light Rail, Heavy Rail and Trolley. The projects’ costs are tracked in FTA’s Standard Cost Categories (SCC) and the project costs have been validated.

The database is intended for two primary uses:

  1. Performing historical cost analysis, and
  2. Developing “order-of-magnitude” cost estimates for conceptual transit projects.

The purpose of the Capital Cost Database is not to prepare a detailed cost estimate. The Capital Cost Database should be used for preparing conceptual, “ballpark” estimates for conceptual projects or for better understanding the unique characteristics of a cost estimate by comparing the costs to historical experiences.

The Capital Cost Database is updated on a recurring basis. Please contact Matthew Nawn, 202-366-0893 or with any comments, questions, or suggestions for improvement.

Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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