For many commuters, there’s no better way to travel than by train. Not only is rail a better value than driving, but it’s also more relaxing, it’s safer and it’s better for the environment.
Rail is one of the most energy-efficient ways to travel, consuming about a fifth of the energy per passenger-mile as automobile travel. Electric-powered rail, common in regional commuter rail service, is most efficient, producing minimal air and noise pollution. Passenger rail is also a very safe mode of transportation. Travel on Amtrak, for example, is more than 26 times safer than travel by automobile!
Commuter rail benefits not only the people who use it, but the community as a whole. Cities with rail systems tend to have significantly higher public transit ridership, lower vehicle ownership, less traffic congestion, lower traffic death rates, and on average, people spend less on transportation overall.