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Tuesday, May 29 2018
Railroad Trends

By Lisa A. Bastian, President, Bastian PR

Fueled by new technologies and deep-pocket investments, today's modern railways are transforming how commodities and people move around the globe, and supporting overall economic growth at breakneck speeds. Here are just a few of the many exciting ways the rail industry has been evolving to offer innovative transportation solutions while remaining extremely relevant to our mobile society.

The Continual Greening of the Rail Sector
The rail sector already has impressive "green credentials" in the world of transportation. On average, railroads are four times more fuel-efficient than trucks in moving things and comprise less than one percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Today, railroads are researching and using more "green" programs than ever before to increase energy efficiencies, lower operational costs and meet/exceed tightening environmental regulations.

Slowly but surely, solar energy is being developed as an energy source for passenger transportation. Last December, the Bryon Bay Railroad Company in New South Wales, Australia, debuted the world's first all-solar-powered, 100-passenger train. It makes a round-trip run once an hour. (Batteries and an electric motor are present as back-ups.) Solar power also is being explored as a means to power up its stations and other facilities.

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