Trains and Mass Transit

What's the Real Solution to High Gas Prices?

Washington MetroRecord high gas prices have working families suffering across the U.S.  These prices are NOT caused by a shortage of oil drilling options, as some would have you believe. Rather, the problem is the result of decades of bad energy and transportation policy that has been commandeered by Big Oil and the Highway Lobby. Friends of the Earth is working to break their stranglehold on our energy and transportation policy.

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Public Transportation, Gas Prices, and Climate

If we want to solve global warming, we will have to reduce CO2 emissions from the transportation sector. Investing in public transportation -– light rail, streetcars, subways, commuter rail, and buses -- is one of the best ways to do this. In addition to driving down our carbon footprints, investments like these can also help drive down gasoline bills. Typical transit riders consume about 50 percent less gasoline on average than people with no access to transit, meaning they also spend 50 percent less on gasoline. Unfortunately, too few American families have access to quality, convenient public transportation, keeping people in the cars, CO2 emissions up, and gasoline bills high.

Letter to Senators | Quick Facts on Gas Prices and Public TransportationPress Release

New Rule for Toxic Trains is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

The Bush Administration’s new final chemical transportation security regulation allows private industry to unilaterally analyze and select hazmat routes using railroad assumptions and calculations that are to be kept secret from the public.  They also allow virtually no role for state and local officials to influence route selections and would preempt any state or local re-routing legislation.  Mainline routes through major U.S. cities annually carry more than 110,000 shipments of poison gas railcars.

Learn More | Press Release | Related: Chertoff lambasted for railcar safety boast

Rebuffed by Congress in 2006, Bush Steers Amtrak Off a Different Cliff

TrainsPresident Bush sharply reversed course on rail transportation funding, proposing $900 million for Amtrak in his 2007 budget. However, Bush's proposal contains so many fine print conditions that Amtrak's managers would be severely constrained, once again threatening the success and survival of the railroad.

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