In a country suffering from general ignorance and systematic confusion about trains and railroads, your attention to this issue is critically important. I’ve learned a lot about trains and railroads in the last six years from people like you and still constantly engaging with folks who know way more about trains than I ever will. It’s been fun. But I realize now how important it that the general population also get an opportunity to catch up and join the conversation in a meaningful way.
Society can’t afford for rail knowledge to be relegated nostalgic hobbyists. The climate clock ticking and how we use railroads could make all the difference in whether we get out of this with a livable planet, or not. Understanding more about trains and railroads they travel on needs to be considered a mandatory for engaged citizens, so that they have what they need to make smart decisions about our shared future.
Confronted by the deficit of knowledge and recent policy debates on the Green New Deal and High Speed and "Ultra High" speed trains, the Solutionary Rail team drafted a supplemental document to help us address some of the areas of general confusion on critically important issues related to the decarbonization of transportation. Its simple working title is Pertinent Facts and False Solutions.
I hope you will check it out, utilize the information we provide, and give us feedback on this and the book it supplements.
There’s so much work to do.
co-author & campaign lead
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