A new study finds that while Americans are increasingly choosing to use public transportation, they’re also using rail more than ever before.
This study from the University of Illinois finds that rail has been on the rise in the U.S. since the mid-1990s, when the number of Americans using rail rose by 12 percent to nearly 6 million.
But as a result, the number using rail has decreased by more than two-thirds since 2008.
And the number used in 2015 jumped nearly seven-fold to more than 10 million.
And although rail is the most popular mode of transportation in the United States, rail’s future looks very bright.
For one thing, rail is a very efficient mode of transport.
In terms of fuel consumption per mile, rail has the lowest carbon footprint of any mode of transit.
According to a study from Cornell University, using a rail vehicle emits about 50 to 70 percent less carbon dioxide than a gasoline-powered vehicle.
As for the environmental impact, the study found that using a train for 30 minutes is equivalent to traveling about three times as far as using a car, and a train traveling about four times as long would use nearly four times the amount of land as a car.
And according to the study, the rail vehicles can carry about a quarter of the passengers who would normally use a car to get from one point to another.
For all these reasons, rail will continue to be the primary mode of travel for millions of Americans for years to come.
And if rail continues to grow in popularity, it will eventually make up nearly half of all trips, which is a remarkable feat given the relative abundance of rail vehicles.