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Advantages to Rail Travel

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  • Jim Gagnepain
    Here s an interesting link from a New Mexico Rail Advocacy group. http://www.nmrails.org/chew.html They list 13 advantages to rail travel: 1 A modern small
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      Here's an interesting link from a New Mexico Rail Advocacy group.
      http://www.nmrails.org/chew.html

      They list 13 advantages to rail travel:
      1 A modern small automobile with two passengers generates almost 25
      times the air pollution, per passenger mile, as a four car commuter
      train at 35% capacity.
      2 Two sets of commuter rail tracks will handle the passenger traffic
      of at least six lanes of highway.
      3 The tracks for a commuter train already exist here; those for a
      light rail system can be laid within existing infrastructure,
      preserving open space and minimizing land and business condemnation.
      4 A new light-rail line costs about a third of a new highway or loop
      road, and recent developments in track-laying technology can shave
      60% to 70% off that cost.
      5 Trains are faster, quieter, and smoother than buses. In addition,
      they avoid traffic jams and most accident scenes.
      6 Modern commuter and light-rail trains are built to run forward or
      backward, eliminating the need for huge turnaround loops.
      7 Rail deaths and injuries are almost nothing compared to those in
      automobiles.
      8 Rail cars and locomotives have been known to last up to 100 years
      with decent maintenance.
      9 Railroad tracks are cheaper and easier to maintain than roads and
      highways.
      10 There is no rubber tire disposal problem with trains (a much
      bigger issue than many people realize).
      11 Most skeptical commuters who try trains are converted within a
      trip or two.
      12 Commuter and light rail lines have triggered a boom, revitalizing
      rundown neighborhoods and buildings in areas where they have been
      located. Land values in older communities are rising, a dent is being
      made in suburban sprawl and even some long-abandoned hazardous waste
      sites are slated for clean-up, having become more attractive to
      housing, retail, and office developers.
      13 Railroad transit is a big part of the "intermodal"-- or many
      modes of transportation--thinking that has become more popular
      nationally and worldwide every year--not to mention mandated by
      federal law since 1991.

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      Jim Gagnepain
      www.oilfreeandhappy.com
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