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Thursday, May 03, 2007
Green States for Transportation
States with senators co-sponsoring of S.294, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. Light green = 1 senator co-sponsoring; Dark green = 2 senators co-sponsoring.
The states above have senators who have signed on as co-sponsors of s.294, a bill that would provide five years worth of funding to Amtrak, the nation's most environmentally friendly form of inter-city travel. This is important because the bill would put an end to the yearly Amtrak appropriations battles in Washington, where every year the Bush Administration trys to get us to burn more oil driving and flying between places by reducing Amtrak's operating budget to zero.
Here's the same map, broken down by party.
Light blue = 1 Democratic co-sponsor
Dark blue = 2 Democratic co-sponsors
Purple = 1 Democratic and 1 Republican co-sponsor
Light red = 1 Republican co-sponsor
Dark red = 2 Republican co-sponsors
Labels: Amtrak- Posted at 11:44 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2 | Post a Comment |
Is Amtrak the most environmentally friendly form of intercity transportation? It uses way way more fuel than intercity buses do. It's kind of embarrassingly bad, actually. Numbers nationally are that it takes 86% as much fuel per passenger-mile as a car, while intercity bus is only 26% as much fuel. I'm sure on the East Coast it is much better, but that implies that it's atrocious elsewhere. Numbers here.
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