With the average price of gas expected to top $5 per gallon in the near future, and travelers facing gridlock on the roads and in the skies, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has outlined a vision to strengthen America and provide people with more transportation choices. NARP’s proposal will expand and modernize the country’s intercity rail system, helping to reduce both the nation’s carbon emissions and its dependence on oil and facilitating the efficient movement of people and goods.
The black lines show Amtrak’s current system. The red lines show a truly-useful, practical, national system that would:
- Be less polluting and more energy-efficient than any other mode of transportation
- Reduce congestion on the roads, at airports and in the skies
- Mostly be built on existing tracks
- Be roughly the size of the interstate highway system
- Connect most of the nation’s metropolitan areas and state capitols
- Connect with air, bus and local transit