Soapbox Story on Rail in Cincinnati

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From this week’s Soapbox:

Rail projects unite businesses, environmental activists and new urbanists around a smorgasbord of benefits:

  • Urban rail, including both streetcars and suburban commuter lines, spur dramatic gains in property values and development
  • Drawing cars and trucks off highways eases congestion, and thus the chronic cost of lost productivity and of fuel burnt by idling and slow-moving vehicles.
  • Less congestion means cleaner air. Not only do fewer vehicles mean fewer emissions, but free-flowing traffic creates much less pollution than stop-and-go tie-ups.
  • Putting more freight on trains would extend the life of highways by easing the amount of heavy-weight trucks they carry. That has long-term implications for critical roads like I-75, which is in the midst of an ambitious multi-state modernization project that encompasses the new Brent Spence Bridge.
  • Trains mean fuel savings, which translate into lower costs and less demand for oil imports.

Read the rest here.

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