Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Transportation in America



Some good news about America's infrastructure, for a change. The freight railroad system in America is expanding with billions of dollars of private investment, as freight is being shifted from truck to the vastly more energy efficient rail system.

This year alone, the railroads will spend nearly $10 billion to add track, build switchyards and terminals, and open tunnels to handle the coming flood of traffic. Freight rail tonnage will rise nearly 90 percent by 2035, according to the Transportation Department.

Now if we could only get some more passenger rail! Here in Portland, we've got the new Westside Express commuter rail line to open at the end of the year, and another commuter rail line - to link Newberg or perhaps McMinnville (small towns of 20,000 and 30,000, respectively) to Beaverton (which has a light rail line that connects to downtown Portland.

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