Why California Needs More Passenger Trains Now


By Noel T. Braymer

The California Legislature just passed and the Governor signed legislation to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the State by 40 percent below its 1990 levels by 2030. What the Legislature didn’t do was provide funding or approve the means to achieve these goals. The largest source producing Greenhouse Gases in the State comes from transportation through the burning of gasoline and diesel fuel. To meet the goal of lowering GHG emissions by 40 percent below the level of 1990 by 2030 will require major reductions in the burning of fossil fuel with carbon neutral fuels, more electric powered zero emission vehicles, more public transportation in general and much more rail passenger service in particular. This will have to be done in the next 14 years!

The California High Speed Rail project will go a long way in connecting most of the State’s population by rail…

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