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The cure for air traffic congestion

The online edition of the New York Times carries seven letters from readers with some remarkable sensible thoughts on transportation. But, wait! Ordinary folks must not be allowed to make transportation decisions. That is only for the high and mighty airline and highway interests.

Anyway, here is the link, and a few highlights.

For example, numbers gleaned from the Port Authority’s “2006 Airport Traffic Report” for greater New York indicate that nearly 20 percent of domestic flights from the three major airports fly to the 17 most traveled airports within 350 miles. This significant share does not even include the numerous commuter flights to and from lesser, nearby centers, travel that requires nearly as much airspace as is used by the larger planes.

Even at only 150 miles per hour, a 350-mile railroad journey would take less time from door to door than an airplane ride, with greatly reduced stress, delay and cancellation. And let’s not forget the comparative carbon footprint.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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