SOLUTIONARY RAIL

ELECTRIFICATION AND EXPANDING CAPACITY OF U.S. RAILWAYS FOR EXPRESS FREIGHT AND PASSENGER SERVICE
SOLUTIONARY RAIL IS A PROPOSAL FOR ELECTRIFIED HIGHER-SPEED RAIL, POWERED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY ALONG THE NORTHERN TRANSCON.  THE PURPOSE IS TO SHIFT THE ECONOMICS OF RAIL AND PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR TRANSPORTATION, CLIMATE, LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

BNSF's Northern Transcon runs from Seattle to Chicago. It is a nationally important shipping line for containers, agricultural products en route Pacific markets and used by Amtrak for passenger service.  It is increasingly a conduit for fossil fuels including coal and unconventional oils (tar sands and Bakken crude).  Recently, these trains have begun straining system capacity, creating delays for both passengers and agricultural products.  Fossil fuel shipments face growing public opposition for numerous reasons, but the economics of rail and our transport system has created a dependence upon such heavy commodity transport.

Solutionary Rail offers an alternative to the dependence of rail on these controversial sunset industries. The alternative involves electrifying rail and utilizing carbon-free, renewable energy resources, which are abundant along the Northern Transcon route. It involves increasing system capacity and train speeds using better-performing electric locomotives. And it involves upgrading track to meet the demand for rapid delivery of high-value freight and passengers, which will grow as the nation transitions away from fossil fuels. As we show, rail electrification complements and supports the transition to reliance on renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. These are already the least expensive sources of new power in some locations.

Solutionary Rail is a better alternative for communities through which the BNSF Northern Transcon passes. It’s a better alternative for farmers who need reliable service and additional rail capacity to get their products to hungry world markets. Solutionary rail is a better alternative for rail labor and railroad stockholders as it positions rail to play a much larger role in the nation’s economic life. Finally, Solutionary Rail is a better alternative for the nation, whose security and economic resilience will be enhanced by moving towards an efficient, 21st-Century rail system powered by clean domestic energy.

We propose a public-private partnership to help make Solutionary Rail a reality. Read our brief - Solutionary Rail: A 21st Century Engine for Job Creation and Sustainable Economic Development

http://solutionaryrail.org/

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SOLUTIONARY RAIL
PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy
PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.