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High-speed rail would impact America's freight trains

(The following appeared on the Miller-McCune website on June 15, 2011.)

The recent controversy over high-speed rail in America has obscured one fact about trains that defines — and pretty well explains — the main trend in rail traffic in the U.S. and Europe over the last few decades: Americans move a lot more freight by train than Europeans.

That’s a good thing. Moving cargo that way keeps trucks off the road. And the European Union’s emissions-reduction goals for the year 2020 have forced Europeans to admit to using more commercial trucks than they’d like, in spite of their own high fuel prices.

Full story: www.miller-mccune.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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