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Amtrak is:

  • 31.2% more efficient than automobiles
  • 33.5% more efficient than personal trucks
  • 13.8% more efficient than airplanes

on a BTU-per-passenger-mile basis. Passenger trains decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil and reduce the emission of harmful pollutants into the air.

— material quoted from the National Association of Railroad Passengers (May 2012)

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