HSR America was built around the idea of sustainability and leaving a low carbon footprint. We are using greener energy for fewer cars on the road leads to lower emissions and will have less impact on the surrounding environment.
Traffic congestion is a modern societal plague that causes slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased wait time at traffic lights. High-Speed Rail has the ability to relieve congested corridors and get more cars off the road. Fewer cars mean less CO2 gases being released and fewer resources used to repair roadways.
MagLev Trains are electrically powered meaning it is running on safe and renewable energy. Greenhouse emissions from transportation account for about 28% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. We must explore how to transition to a low/no carbon transportation system.
Implementing MagLev technology in our high-speed railways would allow us to remove 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year or about 3 million cars while also traveling at a faster speed. As these trains are 100% electric,we would produce less CO2 gases.
The US Transportation Industry Can Be More Sustainable
The transportation industry is the leading source of CO2 emissions in the United States. Improving sustainability standards within the transportation industry involves significant adjustments in how communities move around, how products and goods are shipped, and how future transportation routes are designed.
Increasing the efficiency of the transportation industry is the ultimate goal, which will also reduce emissions and increase public awareness of sustainability issues. Sustainability in transportation includes advanced shipping efficiency, especially in freight transport.
Improve Freight Efficiency
Transportation sustainability depends on improving freight efficiency within supply chains. Increased consumption levels on the individual level and a more globalized economy have resulted in intricate distribution routes. For instance, a single product may be transported by plane, boat, truck, and rail, before they arriving at its final destination.
In 2010, energy waste caused by traffic congestion in the United States accounted for $87.2 billion a year, now imaging that number today. While public transportation may be easily accessible in urban areas, many rural communities find themselves limited regarding public transit. Optimizing how people get to work everyday will be a key in making transit more sustainable.
Maximize Smart Growth
Rampant development the transportation sector creates unsustainable systems heavily dominated by vehicle use. Entire neighborhoods are designed around the automobile, making transportation options to grocery stores or businesses nearly impossible. According to the EPA, integrating transportation options that increase the ways people move around will be a necessity in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the overall quality of life.
Advanced Truck Routes
Modern highway designs lag in terms of accommodating trucks that transport most of our products and goods. Many highway corridors see high amounts of truck congestion, this contributes to making automobile transportation extremely inefficient. This congested truck traffic is especially concerning considering how much CO2 emissions trucks produce daily.
Land use and transportation require considerable strategic planning. Increasing land accessibility will improve the efficiency of transportation networks. Practical land-use strategies should include, transit-orientated development and sustainable vehicle design. Efficient and well-thought-out land-use policies enhance communities, protect the environment, and support local economies.
Moving Toward Sustainability
The solution to a more sustainable Transportation industry is not necessarily less movement on growth. Instead, the sector should focus on increasing efficiency, he commutes the shipment of manufactured goods. Upgrading transportation options, such as green sustainable High-Speed Rail will effectively reduce the transportation sectors carbon footprint and will require changed to development policies, is planning and Community intitatives.