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Greening Canadas Passenger Transportation Systems: The Environmental, Economic and Social Benefits of a National Rapid Train System for Canada

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Abstract: According to research presented in this brief, the environmental costs of excessive reliance on car, bus and truck transportation that these cutbacks are certain to encourage will prove staggering. The brief calls on the federal government to reconsider its decision to cut certain VIA Rail routes. In the alternative, we recommend the establishment of a rapid train system in Canada to ensure that massive reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide, NOx, VOC and other pollutants from fossil-powered motor vehicles are achieved in the next decade. In our view, this mode of transportation could protect Canada’s environment, prove economically feasible, and offer passenger convenience for both regional and cross-country transportation.

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