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  • Stephen G. Myers
    Rail is safest, cleanest transportation mode in Canada, railway association survey says An majority of Canadians believe the country s highways would be safer
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2005
      Rail is safest, cleanest transportation mode in Canada, railway
      association survey says An majority of Canadians believe the country's
      highways would be safer and environment, cleaner, if Canada's
      transportation system relied more on freight and passenger rail,
      according to the results of a survey of 1,500 adults commissioned by the
      Railway Association of Canada (RAC) <http://www.railcan.ca>. About 90
      percent of the respondents said rail is the safest and most
      environmentally friendly mode, and 72 percent said freight trains are
      best for society. A majority of the respondents also believed intercity
      passenger and commuter-rail services are top transit options to reduce
      environmental impacts, improve public safety and enhance benefits to
      society. More than 90 percent of the respondents said the government
      should invest in maintaining, upgrading and expanding rail
      infrastructure, and would support transportation policies and financial
      incentives to encourage greater use of rail. "The massive number of
      passengers on the highways is amplified by the large number of heavy
      trucks, [and] Canadians believe increased use of rail is a valuable
      solution to this problem," said Bruce Burrows, acting RAC president and
      chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.

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