In contrast to the usually higher production costs for ballasted track, there are hardly any additional expenses for ballastless track. As a rule, only maintenance services that are not tied to the system are required. Due to the higher track accuracy, less wear and tear - and therefore in turn a longer durability of the system.
Estimated service life for Slab Track Austria is at least 60 years and therefore much longer than for conventional ballasted track systems, where it is between 30 and 40 years. Compared to other ballastless track systems, such as the Japanese Shinkansen technology, which uses bituminous separation layers, the elastomer components of Slab Track Austria havehave a much higher resistance to extremely high or low temperatures as well as UV light.
The following graph shows the life cycle costs of Slab Track Austria compared to a conventional ballasted track. After about 20 years, the costs for construction and maintenance of the ballasted track are significantly higher than for an implementation with Slab Track Austria.