With a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in transformative technologies on the line, President Biden gave a big shout-out to trains on Oct. 20.
“I am the most railroad guy you’re ever going to meet,” Biden said, speaking outside of an electric trolley museum in his hometown of Scranton. “Guess what—if you can get in a train and go from here to Washington much faster than you can go in an automobile, you take the train. We will take literally millions of automobiles off the road. Saving tens of millions of barrels of oil. This is not hyperbole. This is a fact.”
The details of Biden’s Build Back Better legislation are still in flux. This week is critical. The $10 billion for HSR may or may not make it into the final legislation. Votes on both bills are expected soon.
With the transportation sector accounting for more greenhouse-gas emissions than any other part of the U.S. economy, creating sustainable alternatives to the status quo becomes more urgent every day. The climate crisis is forcing our hand. We need to act.
Please make your voice heard by contacting your representatives right now. Tell them you support the maximum possible level of investment in passenger trains, transit systems, and HSR in the bills moving through Congress.
Trains go to the heart of our climate-change challenges. They’re not only way more energy efficient than cars and planes. They encourage development around stations—which boosts land values, builds wealth, and promotes thriving urban centers.
As Biden said, this is not hyperbole. This is a fact. It’s time our policymakers give trains the priority—and the funding—they deserve. We can’t afford not to.
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