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Cheap is Relative

Last year, when I had the opportunity to interview Metro Medellin about their Metrocable systems I stuck my foot in my mouth in a way only a North American could.

We spent a couple hours going over the history, the successes and the failures of the system. When discussing the advantages of the gondola transit technology they’d implemented, they listed off all the standards: It was safe, fast, effective technology. They never, however, commented on cost-effectiveness.

I felt the need to chime in and so exclaimed “plus it’s so cheap!”

At which point one of the men I was speaking with cut me off and corrected me. “Cheap to you, maybe,” he said, “but to us, still very expensive.”

Remember: Cheap is relative.

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