Energy-Efficiency Myths of Commuter Rail

By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of rail transit tend to argue that we need trains because they are more energy-efficient than buses or cars. Unfortunately, that’s only true in some cases. According to a new report by the Federal Railroad Administration, … Continue reading

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The Chronic Failure of Rail Transit

By John A. Charles, Jr. The local transit agency, TriMet, likes to claim that continued expansion of the regional rail system is critical because rail has operational cost savings over buses. Unfortunately, this assertion overlooks a glaring problem: The rail … Continue reading

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