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  • OneRail

    1. 1. Passenger & Freight Rail = Less Energy & More Choices “All Aboard! Getting America Back on Rail”Webinar<br />September 21, 2011<br />Deron Lovaas<br />Federal Transportation Policy Director<br />Natural Resources Defense Council<br />
    2. 2. Rail Systems<br />Class 1 Freight RR - Short line RR<br />Commuter Rail - Amtrak Intercity Pass. Rail<br />- High Speed Rail<br />
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    4. 4. <ul><li>Why OneRail?</li></ul>Elevate the visibility of rail as a key part of the nation’s transportation system<br />Integrate rail into national, state, and regional transportation policies, programs, and plans<br />Bring all rail interests together to speak with one voice<br />
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    8. 8. Rail Trends<br />Amtrak - 36% growth in ridership since 2000<br />Freight rail<br />Class 1 – 13% growth in ton miles since 2000<br />Short Line – 12.1 M carloads shipped per year<br />Commuter – Ridership growth 13% since 2000<br />U.S. Population Trends<br />Projected growth + 130 million by 2050<br />Majority live in metros, more of the same projected<br />
    9. 9. Energy + Rail<br />Intercity rail is about 16 percent more energy-efficient than air travel on a per-passenger basis (and this can improve based on load factor and fleet renewal)<br />Over 31 percent more efficient than cars(again, load factor and fleet renewal can widen the gap)<br />Freight rail about 50% more energy efficient than trucks. <br />Moving more freight and people by rail would<br />Protect against volatile energy prices and<br />Keep our economy competitive in world markets.[1]<br />[1]Data source: Transportation Energy Data Book, Ed. 29, Oak Ridge Laboratory for the US Department of Energy<br />
    10. 10. Federal Investment in Transportation 1949-2009(2009 Constant Dollars) (Source: FRA)<br />$ Billions<br />Fiscal Year<br />
    11. 11. Expand support for freight and passenger rail<br />Greater emphasis on benefit/cost across modes<br />Integrate freight and passenger rail into state and metro transportation plans<br />Provide stable and reliable funding for intercity passenger rail<br />Provide a variety of financing tools to states<br />Increase flexibility of state transportation funds to support rail<br />Focus development patterns to support rail<br />
    12. 12. Expanding Passenger and Freight Rail <br />= <br />Smart Energy Strategy<br />Thank you<br />Questions / Comments / Reactions?<br />www.onerail.org<br />www.nrdc.org<br />

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