Many of our survey respondents associate trains with green energy because they are seen as environmentally-friendly public transportation.
According to the Railway Association of Canada, trains produce 3.5% of Canada’s greenhouse gasses each year and “on average, are three to four times more fuel-efficient than trucks.” VIA Rail has reduced its carbon emissions by 37% since 2005. The 32 new trains being added to the Québec-Windsor corridor will be 15% - 20% more fuel efficient than the old fleet.
On the other hand, when it comes to long-haul trips, it’s actually better to take a plane. Since the trip is so much longer by train, fewer people are onboard so that they can have enough personal space during the long journey. This significantly increases an individual's carbon footprint compared to flying. As a result, rail travel outside the Québec-Windsor Corridor becomes less eco-friendly than flying, especially when the current rail locomotives being used date from the 1980s.
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