Full Speed Ahead – Creating Green Jobs Through Freight Rail Expansion

Full Speed Ahead estimates that 7,800 green jobs are created for every $1 billion of freight rail capital investment.

May 4, 2010

Moving to a clean energy economy that reinvests in American industries and prioritizes efficient energy use and pollution reduction represents a significant opportunity to create jobs and promote sustainable economic growth. The freight rail industry can be a part of this transition, having demonstrated its green potential by making significant strides in efficiency, limiting pollution and creating and sustaining quality jobs.

Full Speed Ahead estimates that 7,800 green jobs are created for every $1 billion of freight rail capital investment. Furthermore, the industry has nearly doubled the amount of goods it has shipped without increasing fuel consumption over the past three decades, and creates a fraction of the pollution of other transport modes such as trucking and aviation.

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