March 23, 2012
The Center for Sustainability is pleased to announce an exciting new sustainability-related course, PPS 493/593: Future Issues in U.S. Rail Transportation, that will be available as an elective for Sustainability Master's students. The course will be offered for the Fall 2012 term.
Download the course flyer for more information: PPS 493/593: Future Issues in U.S. Rail Transportation
By 2050, U.S. population is expected to rise by 100 million, dramatically increasing demand for transportation. At the same time, worldwide demand for carbon-based fuels will rise exponentially, driving the costs of moving goods and people dramatically higher. Rail-particularly electric rail-is the most efficient form of transportation to meet that need.
At the moment, innovation in low carbon, sustainable rail transportation is dominated by other countries, leaving America in danger of falling behind in new technologies and a major worldwide market. Under these circumstances, the need for greatly expanded research and development addressing rail systems and corridors is urgent, as are initiatives to improve public awareness of the environmental and economic impacts.