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Does Rail Transit Save Energy or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Randal O'Toole


Far from protecting the environment, most rail transit lines use more energy per passenger mile, and many generate more greenhouse gases, than the average passenger automobile. Rail transit provides no guarantee that a city will save energy or meet greenhouse gas targets.Similarly, technical alternatives to rail transit can do far more to reduce energy use and CO2 outputs than rail transit, at a far lower cost. Such alternatives include the following: Does Rail Transit Save Energy or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? by Randal O’Toole Executive Summary No. 615 April 14, 2008

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