Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face $64 billion in costs to pay for highway improvements. Keep in mind that rail invests in its own tracks and bridges, while trucks depend on taxpayer funding.
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