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