I want to know what happened to the railway industry in this country. We all know that air travel causes far more pollution than trains. According to The Guardian: “Fly from London to Edinburgh for the weekend and you produce 193kg of CO2, eight times the 23.8kg you produce by taking the train. Moreover, the pollution is released at an altitude where its effect on climate change is more than double that on the ground.”
Given that every bit helps, why isn’t the train industry flourishing, at least for national travel? The answer is easy: time and money. A journey from downtown New York to downtown Boston will take you four hours and fifteen minutes by Amtrak versus the two hours and fifty minutes it’ll take to get you there by plane. And the plane fare is almost 25 percent cheaper than that of the train.