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Energy Security and the Transportation Sector - the Advantages of Freight and Passenger Rail

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Release Date: 
Mar 27 2011

The United States is currently dependent on imported petroleum, which results in tremendous economic and national security problems.

71% of petroleum use in the United States is in the transportation sector.

Freight rail is more energy efficient than trucking for moving goods, and commuter and intercity passenger rail are more energy efficient than car trips and short-haul air travel for moving people.

American could make great progress towards energy independence by enacting policies to encourage more freight and passengers to move by rail.

America's Rail System - An Overview from the OneRail Coalition

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Release Date: 
Mar 28 2011

This overview of America's Rail System contains information Class I freight railroads, short line (Class II and III) freight railroads, commuter rail, subways, light rail, intercity passenger rail, railroad labor, and the rail industry supply/contracting/vendor industry.

The American Rail Industry: Keeping the Economy Rolling

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Release Date: 
Mar 27 2012

OneRail has produced this overview of jobs in the rail industry, including freight and passenger employment numbers and capital expenditures.  

Reconnecting America Releases "Jumpstarting the Transit Space Race: 2011" Report

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Release Date: 
Apr 13 2011

Reconnecting America's latest analysis of planned transit projects across the United States. The report finds that projects in the construction and final engineering stages alone would connect 3.5 million more jobs in transit - an increase of 25 percent - and nearly 4 million households would gain enhanced transit access, with almost half of those being lower-income households.

Unfortunately, just as Reconnecting America found in its first analysis back in 2008, these projects are starved for funding.

Amtrak: A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor

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Release Date: 
Sep 28 2010

Amtrak's initial look at Next-Generation ("Next-Gen") High-Speed Rail service in the Northeast Corridor.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Metropolitan Transportation Infrastructure Survey

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Release Date: 
May 3 2011

On May 3, 2011, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) released a 176-city survey focusing on local transportation infrastructure investments at the National Press Club.

Atlanta (GA) Mayor Kasim Reed, USCM Transportation Committee Chair, delivered the survey findings. Given the economic problems facing the nation, mayors believe it is more important than ever that federal transportation priorities be targeted to metropolitan areas -- home to two-thirds of U.S. residents.

Canadian National Railway Issues its Third Sustainability Report, "Delivering Responsibly"

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Release Date: 
Apr 25 2011

CN has issued its third sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly. This report highlights CN's strategy, programs and achievements in the areas of governance practices, safety initiatives, human resources management, community involvement and environmental sustainability.

Environmental sustainability is a strategic priority for CN, which is focused on lowering emissions, increasing energy efficiency, reducing, reusing and recycling waste and encouraging environmental stewardship.

APTA - The Case for Business Investment in High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail

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Release Date: 
Mar 16 2011

The overall passenger rail market in the United States is growing at an impressive rate, despite chronic underinvestment. However, for high speed rail in particular, the rest of the world (China, Spain, France, Japan, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Portugal, etc) is investing more aggressively than the U.S. in this efficient and effective mode of transportation.

The U.S.

US PIRG - A Track Record of Success - High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America

US PIRG - A Track Record of Success - High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America cover
Release Date: 
Nov 1 2010

A documentation of the global growth and success of HSR, with a focus on the benefits it can provide by replacing short-haul air travel, replacing some car travel, saving energy, protecting the environment, improving travel safety and reliability, boosting the economy, and encouraging more efficient land use.

Rail Transit Demand to Skyrocket as Gas Prices Increase Towards $5 a Gallon

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Release Date: 
Mar 14 2011

A study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicts that as gasoline prices continue increasing, Americans will turn to public transportation in record numbers. APTA is calling on Congress to address this impending demand by providing a greater long-term investment in public transportation.

The analysis reveals if regular gas prices reach $4 a gallon across the nation, as many experts have forecasted, an additional 670 million passenger trips could be expected, resulting in more than 10.8 billion trips per year.

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