America now has a 97% oil-reliant transportation system.
Railroad tracks require only 10% of the land currently used for highways, and are less likely to result in wetland losses and flooding.
The U.S. emittes annually about 5 and 1/2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Over 90% of the nearly 350 million miles traveled on the average weekday in Illinois occur by costly automobiles, far too many compared to other industrialized nations that use less oil, emit less pollutions, and are less oil-dependent.
Upgraded railroad track is 6 to 7 times cheaper to build than highways. One track carries 3 to 5 times more people than a highway lane, which cost $6 million more per mile to build.
Trains emit far fewer total emissions (volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide) than cars and planes.