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  •  Instead of what the fossil fool Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    are proposing, we should DISCOURAGE long distance trucking and larger trucks. All truck freight traveling more than 150 miles from the delivery point should be assessed a per mile surtax. The vast majority of freight needs to be on trains anyway. Even current diesel freight trains are over ten times as efficient per ton mile compared to semi tractor trailer trucks.

    Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

    by NoMoreLies on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 08:32:49 PM PST

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    •  And if were to electrify that rail... (3+ / 0-) the Steel Interstate guys propose, the efficiency would rise tremendously, not to mention, once again, jobs, jobs, jobs.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 09:21:00 PM PST

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    •  the vast majority of freight already is on rail (0+ / 0-)

      Something like 3/4 of it, actually.  It's funny, in Europe freight rail is nearly non-existent, but passenger rail is everywhere.  Here, the opposite.  

      "You're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic."

      by nominalize on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 08:54:40 AM PST

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      •  It should be 95 percent of it (0+ / 0-)

        upgrading the railroad network for fast freight, or reinventing an old idea, mixed freights - putting a freight car on a higher speed passenger train, would help convert a lot of the 25 percent remaining on trucks to rail.

        A lot of the freight on railroads is low value, commodity items such as coal, lumber and fuels/chemicals. Rail needs to recapture more of the time sensitive segment. For example, UPS and FedEx rejected rail transport for their freight items some years back because the network was too slow and unreliable. It would be great to get those UPS double trailer truck loads on trains instead by upgrading the network. If it was up even to 1930s quality there would be no debate over what transportation mode packages would be shipped.

        When the US mail went by trains, it often reached its destination faster than it does now.

        Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

        by NoMoreLies on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 12:34:22 PM PST

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