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

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