I received a post today from the Urban Alliance for Sustainability, a Bay-area based cooperative of like-minded green organizations, that promote sustainability-related initiatives. A nicely-written main feature by Christopher Swan from Suntrain in their monthly newsletter discusses the return of railways to American cities. There’s also a suggestion within the document to promote the return of “retail railways.” This piece even details the size of investment needed to create a revitalized United States-wide railway that could be solar powered.
“This new railway would be a revelation in mobility. One network capable of moving anyone or anything anywhere in the US, potentially the continent, often at 60 plus miles per hour instead of 30 or less. One system generating thousands of jobs and millions of cultural relationships and uncountable business opportunities. One service where instead of focusing on the highway lanes passengers are talking, or reading or watching the view or a movie or doing e-mail, or working or sleeping or writing or having dinner or dancing in the lounge under the stars. One experience where you might get to know the person in the next seat instead of cursing at the person in the next lane. Trains can be a place to be on the way to a place.”