Monday, July 09, 2007

Montgomery County, the state of Maryland, and the U.S. continue to fall behind the rest of the world in rail transportation. Consider these new advances in European rail service reported by the Associated Press recently:

"People can go anywhere on the network and get there more quickly than air. We do believe people will choose to make those journey because it's more environmentally friendly," said Eurostar Chief Executive Richard Brown.

"Lower-stress, lower carbon emission rail journeys are already attracting people away from airlines, the rail companies claim, after extra security checks lengthened lines at airports."

"[T]rains, on average, release 10 times less CO2 than flying. Eurostar is also aiming to make its trains carbon neutral, offsetting emissions that it can't reduce."

" In November this year, Eurostar trains in Britain will speed up to 208 miles per hour (335 kilometers per hour) as a faster line is laid."

Find out more about the future of rail transportation using the following link, and ask your elected officials why they continue to delay the future here on our side of the Atlantic.

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