Young people today are more environmentally conscious than older generations, and many are choosing alternative transportation options over cars.
For the environmentally minded traveler, Science Daily tells us to “avoid flying, driving alone, and driving in big cars. Instead, when you can, choose the train, bus, or carpool with 2 to 3 people.”
- However, when it comes to choosing between the train and an intercity bus, CATO University researchers present a factual argument for buses. Buses are more energy efficient. Here are the statistics:
- Diesel-powered Amtrak trains produce around 2.5 times more carbon emissions than intercity buses
- The average Amtrak intercity train used 2.8 times more energy than intercity buses
- The average Amtrak intercity train emitted 3.2 times more carbon than intercity buses
- The average Amtrak intercity train produced twice the amount of carbon emissions per passenger than intercity buses
- The average Amtrak intercity train fills one-half of its seats and many trains only fill one-third
- The average intercity bus fills about two-thirds of its seats
- The vehicle weight per passenger on a train is about 4,000 pounds per passenger
- The vehicle weight per passenger on a bus it about 1,000 pounds per passenger
What do all these figures mean? In a nutshell, the two main reasons for trains being less energy efficient than buses are: fewer people travel by train, and rail cars are much heavier in weight, requiring more energy to operate.
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