Energy & Environment
Climate change is a real threat to Midwestern cities. Investment in high-speed rail is one way to mitigate the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption on our environment and communities.
As more Midwesterners travel by high-speed rail, the positive impact on our environment will be undeniable.
High-speed trains consume nearly 10 times less fuel than cars and six times less than planes.
Building high-speed rail will dramatically reduce U.S. energy needs and over-reliance on oil, and drastically reduce harmful emissions.
A Midwestern high-speed rail network will support more walkable cities and will allow towns to cut energy consumption significantly.
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association’s research indicates that a Midwest high-speed rail network would:
- Save an estimated 760 million gallons of gasoline per year;
- Cut approximately 3.3 million tons of carbon emissions;
- Operate, in part, on renewable energy sources.