Solutionary Rail is a PEOPLE-Powered infrastructural proposal that requires a broad grassroots alliance to make it happen with the public benefit components in tact. That is why it is ESSENTIAL that people like YOU understand the key aspects and that you invest in this compelling, positive, and doable proposal.
Solutionary Rail proposes a publicly financed and owned electrification and transmission infrastructure to speed up and increase efficiency of freight and passenger rail in order to draw freight and people off highways and airplanes and back onto the tracks. Increased speed and a capacity means better service to communities and producers all along the tracks.
Solutionary Rail will shift the economics of rail AWAY from dependence upon moving heavy fossil fuel commodities and freight for exclusively large shippers to diversified freight. It is our compelling "YES!" - a doable alternative to coal trains and explosive oil trains.
Public ownership of the electrification infrastructure achieves a number of things starting with un-sticking the stuck problem that private railroads won't invest in that aspect of the needed infrastructure despite it resulting in cleaner more efficient trains - because:
- private capital comes with higher interest rates - AND -
- the property taxes they'd have to pay on their improvements IF they owned it.
Solutionary Rail create synergies that unlock restraints on the build out of distributed renewable energy production. (Very Exciting!)
Solutionary Rail is NOT a corporate giveaway but invigorates the commons with public ownership that allows us to mandate public benefit policies such as:
- minimum crew sizes and labor conditions for safer trains and better jobs
- return of scheduled freight and service to underserved communities
- electricity to power the trains must come from renewable sources
- expanded use of easements through tribal land require tribal consent
- AGAIN - This is a PEOPLE-Powered infrastructural proposal, requiring a broad grassroots alliance. That is why it is ESSENTIAL that people like YOU understand the public benefit aspects and invest in this compelling, positive, and doable proposal.
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