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Back on the Rails

  • Travel by train consumes 18% less energy per passenger mile than flying and 17% less than driving.
  • The Amtrak train from Winona, MN has become a cheaper option than driving or flying for college students heading home to Chicago.
  • The Amtrak run from Chicago to San Antonio (making stops in Poplar Bluff, St. Louis, and Little Rock) had 27% more passengers in May and 19% more in June, based in large part on higher gasoline prices.
  • Amtrak and the various local and regional rail services are using all the servicable passenger cars they have at this time.

Are we ready for a passenger rail revival?  Ponder these top ten reasons to travel by train and decide for yourself.


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