The Future of U.S. Transportation Is Comprehensive Rail, Not Self-Driving Cars

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: U.S. Department of Transportation & Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
Millions of Americans had to deal with travel disruptions and delays this holiday season. From canceled flights to closed highways, not only are planes and cars unsustainable ways to get around, they are also wildly inconvenient.

Imagine that instead of having to cram your family into a stuffy car, you could reliably get onto fast and efficient trains to get to your holiday destination. On the passenger rail, you'd be able to enjoy views of the country without fear of distraction from driving, stretch your legs without having to delay your ETA, and sleep, read, or even play games with your children. This image is entirely possible in the richest country in the world!

Sign now to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to prioritize comprehensive passenger rail overhaul and improvement!

There are more than four times the number of car accidents in the U.S. than any other country in the world. In fact, more Americans have died in car crashes since 2000 than in both World Wars. But it does not have to be this way, and every single one of those deaths is preventable.

To make matters worse, our car infrastructure simply props up the single least sustainable way to get around. If the U.S. is going to take steps towards reducing climate catastrophe, swapping car trips and flights for train rides is an essential part of that.

If the U.S. is truly a developed and industrialized country, it should have a reliable, efficient, and comprehensive passenger rail system. Countries all over the world have reliable high-speed rail, so why don't we? Sign the petition now to tell Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: we must prioritize an overhaul and improvement to our rail infrastructure! Make taking trains reliable, affordable, and faster for all Americans now!
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