Rail transport

The climate case for shifting freight movement from heavy trucks to rail

A Michigan State University academic has put together data that makes the climate change case for shifting freight movement from heavy trucks and planes to rail.

Adapted from The Conversation; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Amtrak's big, unlikely idea

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

America's only real passenger rail company wants to ask Congress for permission to stop losing tens of millions of dollars on long-distance routes, the WSJ reports.

The big picture: "Amtrak says it will need $2.2 billion to $2.7 billion between now and 2030, as part of a total $3.8 billion it expects to spend on replacing the long-distance fleet, including locomotives Amtrak has already ordered."