Plattsburgh-Burlington High-Speed Passenger Rail Service
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Let's build a community-owned passenger train service from Plattsburgh to Burlington!
Let's make this a community-owned and operated service to provide local jobs, have control over how the service operates, and keep money and resources invested locally. Let's run the service using renewable energy! Why settle for a road bridge connecting New York and Vermont? Rail is cheaper, cleaner, quieter, safer, and more efficient than road travel - and it directly increases the productivity of its passengers by allowing them to focus on something besides the hassles of traveling. Why be a follower when we can instead be leaders in the move to sustainable transit?
Building a passenger rail-line between Burlington and Plattsburgh would grow Plattsburgh's economy. It would put the city on the map, which could lead to greater connections with other neighboring cities. Imagining the cities of Montreal and Albany suddenly seeing Plattsburgh's burgeoning economy - and wanting a piece of the Plattsburgh pie. A high-speed passenger rail line connecting Burlington and Plattsburgh could open the door to increased connections with other large (possibly larger) cities.
High-speed rail would also get you from Plattsburgh to Burlington faster than a car, faster than a bus, faster than an airplane (especially airplane, considering security checks at airport terminals).
Trains allow for a huge amount of productivity gain! Every hour spent driving a car is an hour lost in productivity. Even car passengers lose productivity as riding in a car is a stop-and-go active experience. On a train, those who would be passengers in the car are able to be more productive as it is easier to tune out the experience of moving. With the ability to work remotely brought by computing and the Internet, it's about time (it is after all the 21st century!) to gain back all of the lost time spent behind the gloomy, destructive, noxious steering wheels of the past.
The average American household spends $10,000 per year on automobile-related costs! What a huge waste. Why waste this time? We as humans have the choice as to where we put our money - why not put it toward something beneficial?
Trains are the safest form of long-distance travel - safer than both planes and cars. On the other hand, cars are an incredibly dangerous mode of travel. In the United States alone, there are approximately 50,000 auto-related deaths - on an annual basis! That is huge! In fact, it is more than all of the deaths of soldiers in the United States since 9/11. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands to millions of automobile-related injuries which occur on an annual basis - again, in the US alone. Many of the injuries are lifelong and forever alter a person's life experience for the worse. And that is just in the US alone. All over the world, automobile "un-safety" persists. Why be a promoter of this culture? Why be leading the world on a path of transit destruction? Let's instead make a choice to lead the world in a direction that is meaningful and important, by ditching cars and moving to forms of sustainable mass transit, such as rail.
Train travel is a more sustainable mode of transit than travel by either air or car. Airplanes emit climate change-causing gases directly into the atmosphere where they are the most potent. Usually, these gases have an opportunity to dissipate when emitted at or near ground level. But this is not the case with air travel. Of course, there is a strong possibility that air travel will transition to electric. For the time being, let's invest money where it's not only going to be a great investment but at the same time send a strong message about what's important to our community: clean water, clean air, reducing noise and light pollution, and safe modes of transit.
Rail passenger service between Plattsburgh and Burlington would also reduce vehicle emissions. This is especially important as reducing emissions near a water body would be beneficial to all of the people, animals, and plants which rely on clean water to exist.
Traveling long distances on a regular basis is generally considered to be environmentally detrimental - at least for the time being while energy is not completely renewable and the materials required to create renewable energy systems is limited. Nonetheless, at least for the time being, mass transit is the way forward.
Why build more stuck-in-the-past transit systems? Let's start building the infrastructure of tomorrow (and today - it is, after all, the 21st century)!
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