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

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

AAR - Great Expectations - Freight Rail’s Role in U.S. Economic Recovery

AAR - Great Expectations - Freight Rail’s Role in U.S. Economic Recovery cover
Release Date: 
Mar 9 2011

Major freight railroads are investing a record $12 billion into their infrastructure in 2011, and the needs for investment are expected to increase in the future.

However, there are some legislative and regulatory actions under consideration which could hinder the ability of freight railroads to make these investments in the future.

Go to http://aar.org/GreatExpectations for more information.

McKinsey Global Institute: Growth and Renewal in the United States - Retooling America's Economic Engine

McKinsey Global Institute: Growth and Renewal in the United States - Retooling America's Economic Engine cover
Release Date: 
Feb 16 2011

McKinsey Global Institute study points out that over last decade, U.S. infrastructure quality ranking fell from 7th to 23rd. 

However, the U.S. still has untapped potential to increase productivity, and we can do that by building 21st century infrastructure.

Do Roads Pay for Themselves - U.S. PIRG

Do Roads Pay for Themselves - U.S. PIRG cover
Release Date: 
Jan 5 2011

Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding - Roads do not Pay for Themselves.

USA Inc. - America as a Business

USA Inc. - America as a Business cover
Release Date: 
Feb 24 2011

Mary Meeker (currently with Kleiner Perkins, formerly with Morgan Stanley) observes that in recent decades the United States has been spending less on productive investments, such as infrastructure and education, and more on areas of preservation, such as health care. That combination has caused America to lose its innovation edge.

In the last 40 years, we've pumped the breaks on productivity-enhancing investments in infrastructure, education and technology, while health care and income security costs have accelerated dramatically.

Norfolk Southern Sustainability Report

Norfolk Southern Sustainability Report cover
Release Date: 
Nov 29 2010

Norfolk Southern showing leadership in fuel conservation, emissions reduction, efficient energy use, recycling, use of renewable materials, and environmental partnerships.

APTA: High-Speed Rail Investment Background Data

APTA: High-Speed Rail Investment Background Data cover
Release Date: 
Feb 1 2011

Comprehensive data resource regarding high speed passenger rail in the United States, produecd by OneRail member the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

2010 Public Transportation Fact Book

2010 Public Transportation Fact Book cover
Release Date: 
Apr 30 2010

The definitive collection of facts and statistics on public rail transportation, including commuter rail, in the United States. Updated annually by OneRail member the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

New Study Shows That Heavier Trucks Would Divert Traffic Away From Class I Railroads

New Study Shows That Heavier Trucks Would Divert Traffic Away From Class I Railroads cover
Release Date: 
Feb 23 2011

Allowing heavier trucks on interstates would add 7 million to 18 million more trucks on U.S. highways and subtract a big chunk from Class Is’ traffic, according to a study released October 26, 2010 by Dr. Carl D. Martland, an independent transportation consultant who retired as a Senior Research Associate from MIT in 2007.

Blue Green Alliance: Creating Green Jobs Through Freight Rail Expansion

Blue Green Alliance: Creating Green Jobs Through Freight Rail Expansion cover
Release Date: 
May 4 2010

Economic models estimate about 7,800 green jobs are created for every billion dollars of freight rail capital investment.

Freight rail invests more than four times the proportion of revenues into capital investment than most other industries, and creates public benefits by returning a high level of economic output, offering an alternative to other modes of transport that can reduce congestion and improve productivity, serving as the backbone for national passenger rail and achieving efficiencies that significantly reduce energy use and pollution.

Public policy should account

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