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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Smarter transit is as important as smarter highways

A lot of energy is invested in eliminating freeway bottlenecks to reduce congestion for cars, but more energy could also be directed at improving rail transit. Railroads can carry freight (particularly large, heavy loads) for a fraction of the cost of trucks, and every bit of freight moved by rail means several fewer trucks on the highway.

For an amusing counterpoint to my argument, check out the abstract for this 1924 document discussing how motor trucks can relieve congestion at rail freight terminals.

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