And the thing about trains is that it brings people together, rather than isolating them in cars. It's better for community.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Beyond this, if it's true that "rail actually increases traffic," there must surely be at least ONE study by an independent agency or organization (that doesn't employ Mr. Cox) that documents/proves this. Surely....
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Person A makes an assertion. ("Rail actually increases traffic.")
Person B challenges that assertion. ("I can't find anything that proves that, but I did find something that refutes it.")
Person A is then required to offer proof of his original assertion, or lose the debate.
You're floundering at step 3.
The rail system is practically non-existent out West where I live. It's pathetic. Rail has the potential to be powered electrically and not be dependent on liquid fuels like the auto. Making an electric train is much more feasible than an electric auto. Liquid fuels are our biggest problem we face in the future when oil reserves start falter. We need to plan for this by laying more rails.
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